Me, myself and I

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I don’t take selfies, so this is as close as it gets!
A photo of me, taking photos of the waves…..taken by my husband.

There is something about taking a picture of myself which somehow doesn’t sit right within me. Recording moments of my life to show to others….why should that be any different to taking photos of what I see around me in those same moments? I think it’s the self focus which bothers me, I look out from my eyes into the world around me, not onto an image of myself within that world.
So isn’t it delightful when someone else takes a lovely shot of us when we don’t even notice. We see ourselves through their eyes for a moment, and within the world around us. As usual nature has transfixed me…..

See more selfies at this weeks WP Challenge.
See more yellow photos at Ailsas weekly challenge.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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59 Responses to Me, myself and I

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  2. Dina says:

    Your husband surely did a great job on this one, all three of you look absolutely gorgeous! Such wonderful for legged companions you have! 🙂

  3. Paula says:

    Not a selfie, but a lovely picture 🙂 I like your coat, and your boots!!!

  4. Don’t get all grand with your self. The husband was taking a picture of the dogs and you just happened to be in the background!

  5. kagardner says:

    Don’t get all grand with yourself. The husband was taking a picture of the dogs and you just happened to be in the background

  6. vladovbg says:

    Excellent publication!

  7. LB says:

    It’s especially lovely when the person catches you doing something you love … standing in the water, taking photos … with dogs nearby. Love it!!!

  8. ladyfi says:

    I hear you about selfies! This is a lovely, happy shot.

  9. dadirri7 says:

    dogs, sunlight, reflections, and you in gumboots and a yellow jacket in the sea makes a stunning image!

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Just perfect – and I like your jacket too 🙂

  11. K.Z. says:

    lovely photo 🙂

  12. We see your lovely face in your Avatar so I like the style you show at the beach!

  13. twoscamps says:

    I share your sentiment about selfies as well, Seonaid. 🙂 I liked your take on this. Very apropos that you are out there with your camera focused on nature. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  14. Leya says:

    How lovely to see you in a picture! Of course I feel the same about “selfies” and never do them. I agree on the others’ comments – you look great and its a nice shot too! And your pretty little ones not to forget…Have you got too much water and rain over at yours too? We hear about England and it sounds awful.

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  17. I’m also not a fan of selfies, so I really like your take.

  18. Amy says:

    Beautiful words and photo, as always!

  19. As always, your words resonate with me!!

  20. beeseeker says:

    Agree with your own thoughts and greenmackenzie (earlier). That said it is a well composed shot.

  21. Most of Simon’s photos of me include a camera in front of my face! I’ve always enjoyed self portraiture but I think that comes from my years of painting. I like creating fantasy landscapes and using myself within them to tell a story. Love your dogs 🙂

    • I love what you describe here, that sounds like a wonderful reason for self portraiture…..you have sparked off all sorts of ideas Sarah thank you…..and thanks for giving me a new way to think of selfies 🙂

      • Good! I think with your sense of imagination and poetic mind you’d have a lot of fun with this sort of portraiture 🙂 It really is about using your photographs to paint with! Have a look at some sci-fi/fantasy artists like Michael Wheelan. I really want to recreate some of the pre-raphaelite images in this way like Ophelia and Flaming June 🙂

  22. Absolutely nothing wrong with a second-hand selfie …. glad the dogs are in there too. Your coat is so bright … and the boots complete the ensemble. D

    • A secondhand selfie, that’s the perfect description David, thank you.
      Those boots are great Wellington boots which are nice and tall, perfect for wading through rivers and waves in the wake of the dogs!

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  24. Lovely capture, Seonaid. I think photos taken when the person is unaware, are far more interesting than posed portraits. Your dogs seem to be thoroughly enjoying the beach too. 🙂

  25. Colline says:

    I agree with you. Love this one that your husband took.

  26. Just looked at your post. There is nothing wrong taking pictures of yourself. Pictures tell a story.

  27. suej says:

    I, too, am not a fan of selfies…I completely concur with your discomfort with self centredness… Lovely image, great colour

  28. Anarette.com says:

    Wonderful, you seem to be caught up in the moment, while the pooches are onto the next thing.

    • Yes, and that’s a pattern which gets repeated often 🙂
      They will come and bark at me if they think I’ve been taking to long finding a shot. Photography can be wonderfully grounding, bringing me into the moment and an acute awareness especially of transient light, but if I dwell too long behind the lens I’m no longer present to the world unfolding…a fine balance which the dogs keep an enthusiastic eye on for me!

  29. colonialist says:

    I also love the framing pooches. You should have been waving like their tails and the sea. 🙂

  30. Regardless, a vey nice photo. Love the brightness of your yellow coat.

  31. farhadahmad says:

    nice picture what a lovely place

  32. it’s a marvellous shot anyway with both composition and colour. Lovely to ‘see’ you and I empathise entirely about the discomfort with self-centredness

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