Do people naturally wish to mark their territory? Or do they try to remind themselves and inform others that--I was there?
Selfies have replaced diaries as a way of tracking our daily existence. They have become a new way of communicating, documenting and expressing people's responses to the world around them. Cell phones have made it possible for people to document as many moments in their day as they wish, and a great many do so.
Find any famous building in the world, and you are almost certain to find a crowd taking selfies. A good example of this is what happens at any time of any day in the gardens of one of the most famous hotels in the world--the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. This series was taken in the spring of 2008, on a crowded Saturday afternoon, when the Emirates Palace was flooded with visitors posing for selfies.
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