I noticed that the word ‘selfie’ was selected as the word of the year 2013 by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). In honour I decided I had to do the rarest of rare things an iPhoneography Selfie and am honoured that it has been featured with several others by New Era Museum.

Okay, so maybe selfie isn’t the rarest of rare things after all. My Instagram steam is full of them. My profile isn’t though, I don’t like being the wrong side of the camera. I hate it in fact. I look at the image I see gazing back at me with no emotional attachment. All I can think of is the distress that I must inflict on others having to look at me. At least when you live inside your own face you don’t have to look at it.

Maybe it’s not all the people that love to post images of themselves that are vein, maybe it’s me. It must be great to be comfortable with who you are and how you look. Maybe for me, the process of editing myself out of images by not taking them in the first place is much more vein.

If one day I invent perpetual motion and become famous this will probably be my most valuable iPhoneography. With the exception of the occasional profile image update you can count the number of selfies I’ve done on one finger.

SELFIE is named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 ~ selfie noun, informal (also selfy; plural selfies) ~ a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

Oxford English Dictionary

Read more at the OED.


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{ iPhone photography selfie – ‘dad’ }



The feature in perspective

I took the selfie as one of a series of family portraits so the timing was perfect. I haven’t managed to convince my wife yet though but I’m working on her.

iphone photography - rene

{ daughter }


iphoneography - jamie

{ son }


The feature

My selfie together with a selection of others featured can be viewed on EyeEm at http://www.eyeem.com/p/24916747

My own selfie can be viewed on my EyeEm feed at http://www.eyeem.com/p/24228264

Contributions can be made by adding images to the NEM self album on EyeEm which can be found at http://www.eyeem.com/a/5026389


About New Era Museum

Promote the creation of visual art on mobile devices, in order to spread a form of active thought, which will help to build a new era in society, a new culture, and free our artistic expression even further.

Manifesto ~ New Era Museum



  1. Alexander says:

    I want to thank you very much for sharing this, wow i’ve learned so much of your work, and i spend very long time on your Skipology flipboard magazine 🙂
    Keep up the good work

  2. iPhone photography Selfie featured by New Era M... says:

    […] 'Selfie' was selected as the word of the year 2013 by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Honoured that my selfie image was featured by NEM.  […]

  3. Geri says:

    Brilliant set of portraits Skip! Love seeing you too!

  4. Gavin Winter says:

    Hi Skip,

    Fantastic website. I’m fairly new to iphoneography but in the 24 hours I have been looking at your site I have learnt loads.

    Really like the family selfie’s above and would like to go about doing the same with my family (perhaps these would look good on a wall).

    What apps did use to create these?

    Many thanks.

    • Skip says:

      Thank you Gavin, that’s really great to read. I’m under a lot of pressure to get more printed – they look so much better than on screen so I would definitely go for it. All 3 were captured with ProCamera7 and then imported in to Oggl. The ‘boys’ were both Tinto Lens and BlacKeys XF Film. Rene was John S lens and must also have been BlacKeys XF film.

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    How did you do those portraits? Is that an APP?


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