“Not another selfie,” the bartender objected as I was taking yet another self picture in a pub, but I had my excuse I was about to find my last story for Met Down the Pub.
Sara continued pouring my drink even though she didn’t really appreciate my new obsession.
It was Sunday night, and the pub was relatively empty, so I managed to convince her to give me an interview.
Over drinks and cigarettes, we spoke about her love of photography and her journey to self-exploration. Yet, as a journalist I couldn’t let go of how someone could loath selfies that much, and I wanted to know what did she have against capturing the moment with a quick self-snap.
“Well, taking pictures of yourself is an overrated phenomenon that just got out of proportion, if you are in a party and you want to have a picture with your friends that’s fine, but bathroom pictures, bedroom pictures, after sex selfies!! Really that’s just too much, do you need to see all that on social media?” Sara asked.
Sara is a 25-year-old 1st year photography student at the university of Westminster, so she kind of knows what she’s talking about.
The international Word of 2013 in the UK and US is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
She pushed her eyeglasses to her nose as she explained her reasoning behind her resentment towards the new viral trend, but at the end she admitted that a little bit of selfie won’t hurt.
“It’s an fascinating phenomenon that we’ve discussed in class. It is just a creation of smartphones, and shows how social media and mobiles have affected our lives, and of course it is going to be interesting to see how it’s going to evolve.”
Apart from selfies, Sara loves photography. She discovered her love for the art of capturing on her trip to self-discovery across Europe.
“I am the oldest one in my class. It’s hard dealing with all these young people but I feel blessed to have made this choice,” she told me.
Before I leave I asked her if I can snap a selfie with her, she laughed, shrugged and left.
Reporting by Yasmine Dinana
Behind the Story : Finding a story in pub is one thing but finding a story in a pub on a Sunday evening is definitely a challenge.
I had lost all hope to find a good story that day, the pub was full of groups of people, and usually we like preying on loners to get the perfect story. I went to the bar to order a drink, to soothe the pain of waiting for the right character, and for the first time in London I was asked for an ID, she saw my university ID, it turned out we go to the same school and she gives me a story about photography, selfies and finding out what you’re passionate about.