A hugely popular campaign, MuseumSelfie, adds a curatorial charm to the global trend for self-portraiture
Are museums and galleries the keepers of exhibits too sacrosanct for a casual snapshot, or do spur-of-the-moment photos capture the joy of a cultured day out?
Whatever your view, Mar Dixon, a social media specialist who plays a key role in well-known campaigns including Kids in Museums and the annual Ask a Curator day, has devised an entertaining idea around which the debate will ensue.
“I’m a Cultural Snatcher – I can’t help it,” she confesses, discussing the Museumselfie hashtag running today on Twitter.
“I take after my mum, who is never without a camera. When I visit and explore a museum, I love sharing what I’m seeing.
“While I’m not a huge fan of taking pictures of myself, I can see why people like a good old selfie.”
Her point has been emphatically proved by the response from visitors so far, posing alongside a mammoth at National Museum Cardiff, the Horniman’s irrepressible walrus and, within University College London’s impressive Octagon, three-dimensional versions of their own head.
The hashtag is already trending, with museums from Europe, South Africa and America involved. By midday, more than 700 photos had been offered through almost 7,000 tweets.
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