The Unholy Selfie Sticks of Rome

For a while, tourists' smartphones were pointed at Rome's beautiful antiquities – just like their cameras used to. But in 2015, people point the camera at themselves.

by Andreas Langeland Bjørseth
24 August 2015, 6:00am

This article was originally published on VICE Sweden

In 2014, Rome was the 14th most visited city in the world and the third most visited in the European Union. For years the most common accessory amongst the city's tourists was a digital SLR camera, but recently, in Rome as in the rest of the world, the camera has been replaced by the smartphone.

Along with that switch has come the rise of the selfie stick. In generations past visitors would point their cameras at Rome's beautiful antiquities. Today, people point the camera at themselves, with the Pantheon serving as a nice compliment to their new hat. Photographer Andreas Langeland Bjørseth recently spent some time in Rome documenting the ancient city's very modern obsession with the selfie stick.

Find more of Andreas's photos on his website.

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