Whoa, what camera is that?

One of my favorite photograph sub-genres is the mirror self portrait, with camera in sight. I suppose I have a fetish for these shots. These are the best I could find. I saw one like this on an aggregation site popurls.com. And followed the link to Flickr.

Then I found a few more and before I knew it, I found a group called Self Portraits in Mirrors and eventually ended up with 50 of these shots. And that's when I realized I was obsessing over them. I don't know why they're interesting to me. Perhaps it's the contrast between man and machine. And the expressions, they're generally candid and, no pun intended, reflective, with no one else around; not even another photographer. Just the gaze of a sensor through a fine piece of focusing glass. Some of the shots go a step further, TTL viewfinder to the eye, giving the subject a cyborg look, the bio-mimed curves, faux leather and lens somehow matching the human facial structure and eyes. Plus, they look beautiful.

My favorite of the bunch are from a series from a Flickr user named Chile, shot for Anastasia Volkova Photography.

Which of these are your favorite?

[In no particular order, photography credit and thanks to chiie, julianne.hide, hamedmasoumi, demibrooke, etwood, pinkspleen, multiget, tacoekkel, paranoicafierita, stallio, dc-white, cesarastudillo, einfachalex, okko pyykkö, vanguardist, elanacxliv, okko pyykkö, kennymatic, r.s.m.b.Sees, james the photographer,
meg rorison, jovivek, voxefx, pmarkham, melissa rudik, lucas de vries,
sarchi, ingorrr, melissa rudik, -amy-, ooOjasonOoo, beard papa, , ooOJasonOoo, josh holmes, kooshan jazayeri, starry eyed ali, johannarudd, th nuzi, twak, morvai, fledsbo, skiidolley, androgynousectomor, john zhang, mrok1970, teezilla, chocolate candy, chiie, mafafamisguito, chiie 2, chiie 3, mtgroseth, sarcomical, moonjadis, special thanks to Andi Wang for collating the images.]