Travel theme: Self

Out and about recently, I was struck by the number of people wandering around with their camera phones stuck on the end of so-called ‘selfie sticks’.

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In the age of the selfie, I must admit I am far, far happier behind the camera than as its subject, so my ‘selfie’ photographs tend to be a little, umm, obscure, like this silhouette of my favourite summer skirt after a day at the beach…

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…or my green boots being broken in…

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…or getting cosy in fluffy Christmas socks.

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But the self portrait I think represents me best is one I took sitting right at the top of a Mayan pyramid with my feet sticking out over the edge. My jungle boots, covered in jungle mud, peeping out over the jungle.

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So you see, you don’t always have to get right in front of the camera to capture the essence of who you are. Can I tempt you to create your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Self
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

xxx Ailsa

This above all: to thine own self be true. – Shakespeare

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self? – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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98 Responses to Travel theme: Self

  1. What a fantastic shade of green boots!

  2. I love this idea X barbara

  3. aj vosse says:

    A bit of me, myself and I then?? 😉

  4. mukul chand says:

    great post, nice pics

  5. Heyjude says:

    I too like the green boots :mrgreen:

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  7. What a great idea! Definitely doing it. I too have a collection of pictures that feature my feet 🙂

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  9. ilargia64 says:

    Genial…This is my only self portrait!!!
    https://ilargia64.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/hello-this-is-me/
    Have a nice weekend!

  10. colormusing says:

    I feel like you do about selfies, but I have recently started exploring what I call the Shoe Selfie– particularly when I’m out dancing Argentine Tango. 😉

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  12. Love the shadow image, Ailsa. The red fluffy socks and green boots are great for Christmas time. 🙂

  13. love those green boots!!!

  14. Francesca says:

    I want those bppts – oh so much. Are they docs?

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  16. klara says:

    ha,ha, I am not a fan of selfies either. here is an old fashioned one (not with the stick 🙂 ) and not held by me.
    http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.be/2015/12/xx-and-xy-times-five.html

  17. Leya says:

    This is a brilliant idea, Ailsa…to try to show the essence of each one of us. This calls for some thinking…

  18. Leya says:

    …and I’d love to have those green boots…

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  22. tgeriatrix says:

    There are very few pictures of me… Maybe I should buy my husband a camera…https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/travel-theme-self/

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Francesca, such a fascinating post with all those girls playing dress up – and wow, that last shot is amazing, such a statement on today’s world, isn’t it? xxx

  24. Max510 says:

    Brilliant idea Ailsa !
    Here my entry !
    Have a nice weekend everybody !
    http://max510.com/2015/12/05/travel-theme-self/

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  28. Pickleope says:

    I love this! And what a great sentiment that “you don’t always have to get right in front of the camera to capture the essence of who you are.”
    That aside, what a weird angle for that couple to take a selfie. Do they not fear chin-face?

    • ailsapm says:

      They were trying to get a good shot of the ceiling of the Blue Mosque, but yeah, I would have been all about the chin-face too, haha, I would probably be lying flat on the ground with the camera over my face. I had so much fun watching people with their selfie sticks, it was as if everyone around them ceased to exist in the pursuit for the perfect selfie.

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  32. I have always taken pictures of my feet, my original selfies, because I like to show where they are at. 🙂

  33. DailyMusings says:

    love those striped cozy socks!

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  37. leannenz says:

    I bet those boots have been some places! I often travel solo so don’t have too many photos of myself. I do have numerous feet ones! For some reason between your theme and The Daily Posts theme of Eye spy I instantly thought of this day. https://nihongojapango.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/eye-spy-myself/

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