TAKING A SELFIE IN THE 80S
by Mark Nobes
The only way to take an instant selfie in the 1980s, was with a Polaroid camera. I say instant, but you still had to wait a couple of minutes for the photo to develop and dry, remembering not to touch it with your greasy fingers! There were no selfie sticks back then, and the camera was quite bulky, particularly with the flash attached, so the whole process became pretty awkward.
In theory, taking a selfie was as simple as pressing one button (the model I had back then was actually called "The Button"), but trying to avoid taking a blurred image was an artform. More often than not, I would ask my techophobic parents to take the photo for me (erm, that's no longer a selfie!) but even with just one button to press, they would still, somehow, manage to not take take the photo.
Now, the downside was that Polaroid film was expensive, and I could only afford a small 10 pack of colour film. if you made a mistake (my thumb would usually feature in at least a couple of photos), you had to live with it.