Are we the epitomy of "ego travel"?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by djroszina, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. djroszina

    djroszina Long timer

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    I just saw the coined phrase "ego travel". It is where people get more out of bragging and documenting a vacation and is usually laced with multitudes of selfies. It got me thinking of the evoulution of our ride reports. While a picture or two with you and your bike is very nice, is it a little overboard to include a selfie with almost every picture of every check-off landmark? I may be guilty of this at times, and has me wondering. What do you all think?
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    Well I have only one trip to Mexico and Central America. I am kind of disappointed because I came back with all of one maybe two pics of me in it. Lots of vistas, pyramids, volcanoes, animals...no me.
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    I tired of seeing travel photos of the bike in the foreground with the object the photographer is really trying to show a very tiny point in the frame a long time ago. The other worn out photo is of the riders showing their middle finger. Its' low brow and distracts from the report. It was never funny.

    I think some travel(on any method) just to come back to family/work and boast on it. I think MC riders are among the LEAST of those.
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  4. AzB

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    I almost never have pictures of me unless I'm travelling with a bunch of folks and we do the obligatory group photo.

    I've taken maybe 4 selfies in my whole life. One with my dad, two with my daughter, and one with the dog.
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    I'm kind of looking at it regaurding format. While a nicely framed photo of a landscape or landmark with either you and / or your bike is a nicely cherished capture, I'm more refering to the "selfie" where while the unique subject is in the background, it us usually obscured by one's big head and maybe helmet dominating the picture.
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  6. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    I'm the worst with pictures. And not just on the bike. I take maybe a picture a month to "capture the moment". I also don't do, and I hate this word, "selfies".

    With that said, I wish I could take more pics like some folks in the ERR and the DT threads. I simply don't have the patience for that.
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    djroszina Long timer

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    I live near the Harley museum and love visiting it. Often I see travelers from around the world trying to get a photo of themselves while capturing an image behind them. Many times I will offer to take a nice picture of them . I get alot of thank yous when they compare their selfie to a nicely taken picture.

    But beyond that is the culture of the selfie, I have also seen where the whole emphasis was getting one's face in front of a scene. Once that is accomplished it's off to the next selfie oppertunity. Along the way to that next oppertunity the persons face is plastered to the phone screen posting their new selfie to whatever social media site.
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  8. TheProphet

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    We almost never take pictures (we don't like to stop every 5 miles), and neither of us has any photo's on our Facebook pages. We talk a lot about the great memories of the various trips though.

    Facebook is like people back in the 1950's showing slides on a projector of their vacation. The audience more often than not fell asleep.

    But I get it, there are a ton of "Look what we did !!" pics on folks facebook pages that make one wonder: Did they take a vacation to enjoy themselves... or to accumulate ego ammo for their Facebook page?

    Someone mentioned it in the recent GoPro Camera Thread: Is there a Helmet Camera (single shot) that can be fully stabilized so that you could shoot photos while riding? You could just "look" at what subject you want to photograph, and maybe push a remote button?

    That would eliminate having to stop, turn around, and go back and stop at something you found photo-worthy.
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    The only acceptable places to take a selfie are: a place where there is no one else to take the picture / nowhere to set the camera, eg. top of mountain, Low Earth Orbit, L̶u̶n̶a̶, (upon further consideration, there is sufficient gravitational force on the Moon for the use of a tripod or similar photographic aid, therefore selfies are unacceptable on the moon) etc
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    Very interesting. I am neutral, with bias towards no selfies. Definitely hate over the top narcissism shoved down everyone's throat publicly. Except if when a nice female randomly offers to take my picture next to the bike then I feel obliged, or someone reading the ride report really asks for one. One can of course choose to do selfies but not show them to anyone except when asked, no?
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    The real driver of a lot of social media use is the need to be envied. Unfortunately, people who travel and share for the right reasons end up getting painted with that brush.
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    FWIW, with todays photoshop, CGI, greenscreen, etc. Technology, you could very easily just cut n' paste your image onto backgrounds of exotic places all around the world. At the same time, you could also pair yourself off with major celebrities. Imagine yourself and Scarlett Johansson sitting on your bike at the peak of Mount Everest!!! I'm thinklin' you'll get a LOT of likes, and Comments.

    It would be fun to do that, and see how long it takes before some viewer throws down the B.S. flag!!
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    See? :thumb
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    What's this selfie you speak of?
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    :augieHere's me and ol' 'Scar' (I call her Scar for short) taking a spin on my trusty Triumph on the French Riviera. This being ADVRider and all, we're wearing our Helmets of course.
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    She a pretty good pillion. A little frisky with the hands, but what can you do?
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  17. foxtrapper

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    Depends on the way the picture is taken, to me. One is saying "this is beautiful, and I'm here". The other is saying "look at me, be jealous of me"

    Sharing vs gloating, if you will.
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    There are (plenty of) look-at-meeee!!!!! types in all walks of life, not just the ADV scene.

    I've been to/on adventures and trips where all I have are the fading memories. My introverted self definitely does not fall into the former category.
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  19. Bitte ein Bit

    Bitte ein Bit Been here awhile

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    Interesting topic...My wife and I went to the Dolomites earlier this summer to hike and just relax in the mountains...We actually went to Lake Braies:


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    ...which is huge on social media. There is a great hike around the lake and pretty much the only people hiking, the real hike, were groups and couples 40 and older, the rest were at the hotel, boathouse, cafe or mayyyybe 100 meters up the trail - all taking photos, and selfies. The sad part is the place is beautiful, and we might not have visited if not for the social media presence - so be careful what you wish for there. I/we have a lot of great photography equipment and video cameras and after walking up to the boathouse (which is heavily photographed on social media) it was a little off putting seeing people 'lined up' for the perfect selfie, etc...was it time to slow down on our photography/videos?

    We have had a few discussions about how much is too much (photos, selfies, "proof" you've been), and have we traveled to "say we've been there?"... Thankfully "no" :)

    We have also noticed very young people staying at hotels I wouldn't have been able to dream of staying in my 20's ($$$$)...so, this "ego travel" is a thing, that's for sure.

    I think the last line of this is what makes me sad. I see it a lot on my motorcycle travels here in Europe. In the end, different times, different priorities, and I'll stay neutral in my assessment and just go with what makes me and my family happy. I think advrider.com does well, and the ride reports are usually done with taste, photography wise.

    I think if you keep the selfies to emails and private family postings and the scenery and "some" food photos for everyone else - everything will fall into place for us posters/photographers.



    Now...I feel like I should say "get off my yard" or something.
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    We take photos for one of four reasons:
    1) We are being paid or provided with a service/product in return;
    2) We want something to remember our trip;
    3) We want to share something beautiful/interesting/artistic with others; or
    4) We want other people to know where we've been or what we've been doing.

    There can be multiple motivations for any of the above and they are not necessarily distinct. I take photos for all of these reasons. Some of the desire to share with others is for family and friends who simply want to know what I'm up to and some is for bragging rights, I don't mind admitting that. Selfies are pretty rare, although they are the ones I often get asked for by family.
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