Photography is a vibrant art form that's forever in flux. The sepia-sweet daguerrotypes of yesteryear eventually gave way to Polaroid technology, after a few twists and turns along the way.
But there's a #truefact about the moment we currently occupy at this typing: If there's a contest involving photography at popular attractions, some of the entries will include the photographer in the foreground, in some sort of stylized self-snapped picture.
That's called a "selfie" — that term will probably take off one of these days — and the city of Buena Park is calling for a brief moratorium on the au courant trend. Cheekily so, we'll add, but one that comes with real prizes for going the non-selfie route.
The deal with the Anti-Selfie Instagram Contest? Take a photo, or multiple photos, at a designated Buena Park location, post it on the photo-sharing service through Monday, Aug. 15 with the hashtag #VisitBuenaPark, and find yourself in the running for "several prizes including a $500 Visa Gift Card."
Be sure to make Buena Park your location, too, when you post.
Locations include some of the B.P. biggies: Knott's Berry Farm, Knott's Soak City, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, Medieval Times, and the Ralph B. Clark Park and Interpretative Center are all on the list, as well as other attractions and eateries around the town.
Selfies are indeed verboten, but people in the picture are not. In fact, there should be at least one person in your snapshot, so round up your Pirate's Adventure-loving pals and invite them to put on their best "arrrr" face.
Of course, selfies will still reign after the contest wraps, thanks to the ease of reaching for the camera in your pocket. Soon, however, some new photo trend will capture our fancy, as hard as that is to believe at this selfie-laden moment.
What will the shorthand nickname for a virtual reality photograph be? A virtie?