Over the edge with extreme selfies

2014-11-08 00:00

WITH the arm-length selfie now a bit of a yawn, posers are pushing the edge to get that special angle … and often, they then go over the edge.

Fox News reports a Polish couple fell off a cliff trying to capture a selfie in Portugal. This week another Polish woman fell to her death after trying to take a picture on top of a bridge in Spain. In the United States the Forest Service has an official warning that taking selfies with a bear in the background can be dangerous.

In seemingly very dangerous, but actually quite safely posed shots, Korean photographer Jun Ahn has set the self-timer on her camera to create a trend for daring self-portraits, showing herself (or often just her toes) perched butt-clenchingly high above cities and cliff tops.

Twitter, meanwhile, is exploding with people taking “actionies” showing selfie punters jumping, falling or teetering at the very limits of gravity’s hold. Often they use the new extension poles, or “selfie sticks”, to get a better angle. Retailing locally for R800, the 66 cm GoPole Evo is transparent and is almost invisible at angles of 180 degrees. The longer GoPole Reach also has a flip-camera feature that can be used to capture 180 degree POV selfies and sells for R900.

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