Celebrating a climb well done

Published 25 May 2014

Celebrating at the top of Lingmoor Fell

Where did the word “selfie” come from? It’s one of those words that seems to have come out of nowhere to suddenly be… everywhere!

Call me old fashioned but I find it a rather annoying word, and the concept it describes is hardly new. One of the first photographs of a person was actually a self-portrait, taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839. Due to the time taken for the picture to expose on those early cameras, he took the lens cap off, ran into shot and stood still for a couple of minutes before dashing back to put the lens cap on again.

See, when you read the word “selfie” up there, you didn’t expect to learn about photographic history, did you?

Anyway, I’ve certainly done my share of “photos taken whilst stretching my arm out in front of my, holding the camera.” But as a preference, I prefer the kind of self portrait that you generally can’t do on a mobile phone. I like to use my camera’s timer function, resting the camera on some nearby trig point or fence post.

Ah the fun of pressing the button, dashing into shot in the ten seconds it gives you, then grinning like a loon in the desperate hope that you are actually in shot.

Sometimes they work out. Sometimes they don’t. This one did, taken on top of Lingmoor Fell in Langdale a few years ago. Grinning like a loon, I perched on the summit, celebrating a climb well done. Selfie? No. Self portrait yes. Good day of walking? Oh certainly.

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