Let me give you clear warning: this is not for the faint of heart. Every year, 100s of people are killed or injured in their quest for the perfect selfie. Here is a graphic reminder of how it can all go so wrong.
Whether we like them or not, selfies are part of the photography world. Indeed, in these narcissistic times driven by social media where everyone is the star of their own life movie, there are probably more selfies taken every day than any other type of photo. And with such competition to outdo rivals in the quest for likes and thumbs-ups from strangers, people are going to more dangerous lengths than ever to get a shot unlike any other. Unfortunately, the consequences aren't always positive.
Such was the case recently when Mike Lambresi, a former pro-surfer from California in his 50s, tried to get a shot near a beachside cliff he was visiting. No stranger to danger as a former big-wave surf aficionado, Lambresi edged closer and closer to the cliff's edge until it all went horribly wrong. He slipped and fell and was lucky to survive. Unfortunately, he suffered disturbingly horrific injuries to his foot and heel and has been in the hospital since. He may not keep his foot. Since 2011, there have been over 300 selfie deaths and 1,000s more injuries.
Please let this be a reminder that no photo is ever worth your life.