This might just look like an ordinary photo of a gentleman. Perhaps ordinary is a completely inappropriate term, yes the photo is clearly very old and man does look rather mysterious. And I’ll add that it’s aesthetically very beautiful (to me). Ok ok, it is not ordinary at all. Let me start again…This very beautiful old photo of a rather mysterious looking gentleman might seem like just another very beautiful old photo of a rather mysterious looking gentleman, but it carries a secret, and this man carries with him a title bestowed upon him that would become biggest international habits globally since drinking Coca-Cola. This man, Robert Cornelius (March 1, 1809 – August 10, 1893), took the first ever selfie. Yes this photo is the first selfie or should I say #selfie. Now if you are a sophisticated, arty person like me (Chris hides his phone full of selfies) then you would call it a self-portrait.

In 1839 Robert took this self-portrait in the back of his family store in Philadelphia. Not quite as simple as it is today, as he had to remove the lens cap, run and sit down to pose for around a minute before going to put the lens cap on again. There after he was quoted to say: “I woke up like this” and “No filter needed”. Ok the quote I made up, but the rest is all true…

Robert I salute you. #primitivecomplicatedselfie

Here and here are some beautiful examples of self portraits.
Click here to see why Robert is turning in his grave.

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