A disturbing photo gallery from NorthJersey.com popped up in my news feed this morning. Fifty-five reader-submitted travel selfies from the summer of 2014. Almost all of them are weirdly angled close-ups, a bit fuzzy, and you can kinda see something of interest in the background, like this one submitted by Johanna Abahoonie of Seaside Heights. That’s Juliet’s balcony in Verona, Italy, or so she says.
I’m asking you to consider something extraordinary. The next time you whip out your phone to snap that selfie, take an extra second or two and ask a stranger to take your picture. Everyone, everywhere knows how to work a cell phone. In the States, language shouldn’t be an issue and if you’re overseas and haven’t mastered “please” and “thank you”, you shouldn’t have boarded the plane. I guarantee you’ll get a better photograph and maybe a chance to strike up a conversation with a stranger and get a local restaurant recommendation.
I’ll admit. I did like this one shot:
Ned Barber of Park Ridge, NJ, must have very long arms.