I Think We Need More Pictures Of Ourselves

You know, I think that we’re doing pretty well as a generation. We’re a little too into instant gratification, maybe, and we may have somewhat entitled expectations for our careers, but I think we’re okay, everything considered. We’ve had to deal with the internet, and given that 95 percent of our population isn’t battling a debilitating porn addiction, I think we can report a pretty decent batting average. That said, though, I think there’s one thing we definitely need some more of: pictures of us in all of our various activities.

Let’s be honest, we’re beautiful. And even if we weren’t, we’re all good enough photo editors to make up for it. There’s nothing that five minutes on Photoshop won’t fix. And when our grandkids ask us one day why all the photos of us are so flawless and well-lit, well, we’ll just tell them that we were gorgeous and jealousy is ugly, shut up.

And it’s not just in the most important or exciting times in our life that we need to be taking more photos. Sure, at our weddings, graduations, or particularly well-attended keggers, the cameras will be at the ready. But for things like going to the movies, sitting in a friend’s room, or trying a new dress on in a changing room, we need to be more vigilant about getting a good shot from every angle. You never know which one is going to make you look that perfect combination of thin and effortless, and you’re gonna want at least two dozen to choose from.

The thing to remember is that you are extremely interesting, and people need to see more of you–of all of us. We should be making more of an effort to document the moments where we’re bored in our rooms and experimenting with how pouty our lips can look on a webcam. If we don’t save these moments, how will anyone know they happened? The idea that people could think that we weren’t savvy or considerate enough to freeze these moments for public enjoyment is a transgression that can no longer be forgiven. We have cameras, we know how to use them, there are no more excuses.

What is most important, in the grand scheme of things, is showing each other how wonderful and fabulous and interesting our lives are. The unexamined life is not worth living, and the un-photographed life is for sociopaths and recluses. Cool people do cool things and take cool pictures of them–just think of celebrities. What do we want from them? Photos of them carrying out their daily minutia. And if we become cool–if we look good, make a lot of acquaintances with money, show up at the right parties–strangers will start taking pictures of us. It’s a beautiful ecosystem of pictures, and you don’t want to be on the bottom of the food chain.

So get out there, take your camera, your camera phone, your webcam, and your insufferable film camera that you will later scan the pictures from like the massive tool you are, and start shooting. Because at the end of the day, if there aren’t 2,000 pictures of you on Facebook, you’re pretty much a pedophile. TC mark

image – Megan Boyle (via Lookbook)

Chelsea Fagan

Chelsea Fagan founded the blog The Financial Diet. She is on Twitter.


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  • Seymour Blake

    I feel like maybe people already take a lot of pictures of themselves. I don’t know. 

    (post not intended to bash the author.)

    • Guest


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      • http://twitter.com/dcmjs Matt Stevenson

        clever ruse!

      • Jimmy


  • http://twitter.com/amertume Christiana

    I love it how you made me go from “wtf is wrong with her?!” to “aaah, she’s kidding…” all in just 3 flawlessly flowing paragraphs.

    • internetstranger

      Or…the very first paragraph.

    • Seymour Blake

      Apparently, you can “like” something twice. Weird.

  • guest

    it was silly but it sounds too bitter at the end.

  • http://twitter.com/rmnks ramnik s.

    This is wonderful.
    “Because at the end of the day, if there aren’t 2,000 pictures of you on Facebook, you’re pretty much a pedophile.” 
    I’d just like to say I have only a 100 tagged photos, which I only allow myself to see. Proud.

    • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

      I have a strict “don’t tag me, bro” policy in effect. So far, so good.

  • blob

    megan boyle

  • Ana

    WHAT IS THIS LAYOUT, YOU GUYS? are you kidding me?

    • blob

      can’t tell if i like it or not…

      reminds me of urban outfitters.. idk… im on the fence

      • aa

        It’s an ad.

  • http://twitter.com/ingenuegle Egle Makaraite

    Brilliant. One of my  most favorite articles on this site.

    • Guesteen

      THE FUCK

  • guest

    I do agree that youth with less than 1,000 pictures on facebook are suspicious

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Fields/100000625951408 Jordan Fields

    Am I the only one who sees photos of myself and thinks, “Ouch.  Is that really what I look like to other people?” 

    • Asdf

      No. I think the same of you, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/grc15r Gregory Costa


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    • Customconcern

      Yes, and yes that is the way you really look to other people. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    take pictures of myself mad mad mad mad mad

  • Asdf

    “Cool dix in them pix, bro. Where can I get me some of these chix?”

    That’s my template comment for all the photos of my Facebook POOPs. Rather than defriend camwhores, I opt to be defriended. Much more entertaining.

    • Ugh

      i feel so exclusive knowing what POOPs means

      • apes

        people order our patties

      • apes

        people order our patties

  • Sophia

    Okay, I admit it: I’m definitely a picture-taker.
    Not just for Facebook though – I just like having my life documented for my own sake, and Facebook happens to be a nice way to organize it all.

    Sigh. I’m a hopeless case.

  • Kodi

    I always just hope people will take pictures of me. I’d feel lonely. 

  • trixmix

    In that moment before someone takes a photo of me, i always feel like a bit of a dick.

  • guest

    i was literally just having this thought that you cataloged of how absurd it is that certain bitches always feel the need to take a picture of every activity, and then i look like an asshole on facebook for being in those pictures, but its only cus i was dragged into them because I was drunk and am really goodlooking

  • Anonymous

    I think we need more pictures of you, Chelsea. Rawr.

  • guesst

    Who cares, seriously.  Don’t lurk other people’s pictures if you don’t want to see them.

  • Anonymous

    i like how it talked about a subject without directly addressing that subject. also, the joke about how “you’re pretty much a pedophile” made me laugh, because the last word of the piece was “pedophile.”

  • ASH

    But I can’t trust people to take good pics of me! I take that shit into my own hands..literally. 

  • Guestette

    cute, makes me want to get in front of the cam, like MEOW

  • http://www.twovisionaries.com Jough Piccininni, Jr.

    I can’t seem to relate much to it, but I really admire your perspective on the necessity of personality-specific photos.

  • Liz

    is this satire?

    • Guest

      is THIS?

      • http://dirtyyoungmen.wordpress.com Maxwell Chance

        Oh my god, is this satire?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712117106 Jocelyn 'Cherry Bomb' Duncan

    I’ve had my new ipod for about 2 weeks and there’s already over 100 pictures of my self on it. I have a problem.

  • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

    I see what you’re saying, but will continue to take any opportunity to get out of having my photo taken. HATE IT.

  • Pwkim

    lol so sarcastic. almost to the point of bitterness
    I can take your picture if it’ll make you feel better 

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