Monday, 11 April 2011

Through the Looking Glass

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Why do we, as bloggers, choose to photograph ourselves through the mirror? It's not just me I know, I see these shots on many a blog. Perhaps it harks back to the early days of Ms Bubble, when a simple self outfit portrait through the mirror was the easiest thing to do.

There is no getting away from the fact that blogging, especially fashion blogging has an element of narcissism to it. And yet to share fashion, really there is no other way than of photographing oneself and blogging it. I debate with myself on this often, as I really am not the most confident person, have very little ego and am not self-obsessed in the slightest. And yet, I have somehow found myself involved in this strange world of blogging where I continuously splash myself across the world wide web. I often ponder if I will look back in ten years time and wonder what on earth I was doing!

Anyway, here are a small collection of photographs I have amalgamated over my last year or two of blogging...

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29 comments:

  1. Haha! I SO know what you mean! Sometimes I think my mates must think im totally self obessesed yet in real life I'm a self conscious wreck! You seem to so down to earth and lovely though Paula x

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  2. but mirror photos aren´t bad..=D
    especially yours are really good!
    I usually use timer or my boyferind=)
    but I have a problem with choosing only 2 or 3 photos..
    like today.. I put 11 photos into my blog and I think that this is the evidence about my narcissism..=D

    kisses from Czech Rep. and sorry of my English..=)

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  3. I often find myself pondering the same thing paula! i like to think ill look back in ten maybe 20 years and think those were the days! lol :) x

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  4. I really liked this post, I've always been partial to a mirror shot, and was actually thinking about this whole self-obsessed thing this morning. Aside from blogging, I hate having my photo taken or drawing too much attention to myself. In the least vain way possible, I always think I look better in a mirror than as I photograph as well haha. Lovely post and photos! Such beautiful interiors as well. xx

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  5. Ooh, I know EXACTLY what you mean! I'm not comfortable posting my own pics on my blog at all either, but somehow I also find that it's the easiest way to share my style with my readers! I really hope we won't regret all this in 10 years time, lol, but right now I can't see any reason why YOU should have any regrets now or later, 'cause these pics are fabulous! :)

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  6. I think the hotel mirror shot is obligatory in the world of blogging, I do love it myself and there is something quite nostalgic about camera face pictures!!! I think the same thing about blogging when it comes to taking pictures of myself. I don't think I'm self obsessed in real life or anything but there's this strange sense to plaster oneself online through the blog haha, strange times indeed =)


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  7. So true haah. Yours are so arty! xx

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  8. These pictures are beautiful. I've tried the mirror thing but can't seem to get it right! xx

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  9. These photos are lovely, I think there's something special about taking photos in the mirror because, it's the only way that someone else can see us how we look to ourselves.

    Blogging is narcissistic, but at the same time I'm so pleased I'm going to have something to look back on in years to come, and I'll be able to remember exactly how it was.

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  10. i'm pleased you all know what i mean :-) i guess you need to be a blogger maybe to fully understand!

    harriet - that is such a lovely way to look at it. running a blog is afterall a documentation of our lives and will be a lovely piece of history to look back on. even now when i occasionally look through the archives, it makes me remember happy and sad times. and that can be no bad thing.

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  11. Such a lovely post, dear! I actually wrote something similar last month on the subject of being in pictures on my blog and I was surprised at how many bloggers responded saying they're quite camera shy. I don't really do outfit pictures because I'm not entirely comfortable in front of the camera, and it's difficult because when I do take pictures of myself it's from an artistic perspective, not to show people what I look like. I don't think all bloggers are narcissistic, but I think it's easy for people to think we are, to think that what we do is very vain. But even personal style bloggers, they (or, at any rate, they should) post pictures of themselves for the purpose of showing their clothes, their unique take on fashion. There's really no other way to do that, is there? Unless we all dress up mannequins for our blogs, and where would the personal element be in that? I think then it sort of comes back to whether or not we think it's narcissistic to have a such a vested interest in fashion. It's such a really broad topic, you know? I think the artistic element gets lost. A picture is more than what it seems, sometimes it can be someone trying to play to their own vanity but then sometimes it can be someone trying to create something interesting or, yes, maybe even something beautiful. I really think that's okay. (:

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  12. You have lovely mirror photos. I totally agree that blogging has a certain degree of narcissism to it. But I really just want to share fashion stuff with everyone! Such a delicate balance. xoxo

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  13. I think so sometimes too! Anyway, we're just playing with fashion, being creative and sharing some of our experiences. That can't be bad, right?

    Have a wonderful week.

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  14. Your mirror photos are definitely more subtle than most, artistic rather than narcissistic!

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  15. oh my gosh, I understand what you mean, I do the same thing.

    I'm not even a 'fashion blogger', but often times when I take pictures, I take them of myself...it does feel a bit narsacistic :/

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  16. it seems like a good thing to do at the time, i think everyone does this, none bloggers too of course. i guess it's from just having a camera, taking snaps then ohh what's this, a mirror. time to take a quick snap of ourselves. though you make it look much classier than i do

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  17. really nice thoughts about blogging. all these questions come to my mind, too, when i want to explain why i do what i do to people who have never read blogs before.

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  18. Paula, I feel the same way as you do. Fashion blogging IS narcissitic, there is no way around it, but then we are all voyeurs to a certain extent and we love to see pictures of other people and what they're wearing. I'm also really shy and in the early days of my blog I used to blur out my face! I'm glad I don't do that anymore, and while I'm still uncomfortable in front of the camera, I have improved by leaps and bounds.

    I don't think you'll laugh at yourself when you look back at this experience. I think you'll commend yourself for being so brave and sharing so much of your personal self with essentially a bunch of strangers! And we are SO happy you do what you do, Paula - you inject a bit of prettiness, glamour, and inspiration into all of our lives.

    Leia

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  19. Yes, I do too,heheheh. Perphaps because there are seconds when we can see in the morror things that nobody could, and we want to capture them. I love mirror photos very much, but I had never thought about it...
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  20. :) lovely post Paula!
    I think most of the times we do it because we are alone at the time we have to take the pictures and it better this way than no pictures;)

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  21. I've not done those mirror photos in a long time but this post really reminded me of those good old days:)

    You look lovely even in mirror pics!

    xx

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  22. Ah, I completely agree! It seems like narcissistic self-portraits are inextricably tied to sharing one's personal style to a blog audience - mais c'est la vie, I suppose :)

    Regardless, I love your mirror shots here :)

    Hugs xx

    Camille @ Paris in Pink

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  23. Thank you SO SO much for posting this, I often find myself thinking the same!

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  24. I like your blog! You make beautiful photos!

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  25. love these pictures and your camera is amazing!

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  26. Love these pictures :) Sort of dreamy and mysterious in a way!

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  27. I do think blogging can seem like narcissism to people who don't blog but it has given me much more confidence and I like having something to look back over :)

    Maria xxx

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  28. Loved your musings on being a fashion blogger.
    You seem so confident, but I imagine it must take anyone a good deal of bravery to share as many images of themselves and be open to scrutiny.
    Looking back in 10yrs I'm sure we will all have the odd thing we wish we hadnt posted but on the whole I'm certain you will look back & feel proud of all that Pink Bow is.
    Luv Kat x

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