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The history of selfies

The First Ever Selfie

You may be surprised to learn that the first ever selfie photograph was in fact taken all the way back in 1839!

Not quite point and click

A selfie is essentially defined as a photo which has been taken of oneself, by oneself. A phenomenon that has exploded in popularity since the advent of high quality front facing cameras on smartphone and tablets. So much so, that in 2013 the Oxford Dictionaries announced their word of the year to be “selfie”.

However, what most of us consider as very much a 21st Century phenomenon in fact dates back to almost 200 years ago. A time when photography was very much in it's infancy and 'early adopters', as we would now call them, where busy experimenting with these new, almost magical, gadgets that allowed you to freeze, and later print, a moment in time. Often these early experimenters of photography would take photographs of themselves, finding it more convenient to be their own model whilst they hone their methods and materials, thereby taking selfies. The first of which (pictured) is attributed to a young and dashing chemist and photography enthusiast by the name of Robert Cornelius. He had set up his camera in the yard at the back of his family shop in Philadelphia. As exposure took several minutes Cornelius was able to remove the lens cap on the camera and then run into the frame where he stayed for several minutes before quickly putting the lens cap back on.
The whole process of taking and then printing a photo was a tedious, time consuming, and no doubt an expensive affair but with the enthusiasm of those early photographers the art form we so greatly admire and enjoy these days flourished as equipment and methods improved year on year, as they still do today. 

These days a selfie takes just a click and captures a high quality, true images of oneself in an instant ready to be shared, viewed, printed or stored digitally and more and more London escorts are using this quick, cost effective method to market their escorting services on sites such as our own. A great way for escorts to capture their mood and look at any one given time and build confidence in their potential clients with photos that have not been touched up or doctored.

Selfies have been around for almost 200 years and we expect they will be around for many years to come.


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