“The first time I used this photo of myself as a profile picture was back in August 2015, approximately a month after it was shot. The image is a self-portrait taken in my mom's best-friend's living room in Bordeaux, France using a 35mm Olympus compact camera. The photo was made pretty spontaneously. While my mom and her friend were chatting away about random childhood memories, I zoned out of the conversation and grabbed my newly scored Olympus camera from my bag (I remember feeling pretty excited about this Olympus because it was the first camera I owned with a functioning self-timer). I then placed it on the table in front of me, pressed the shutter half-way down, hopped back onto the sofa chair and ten seconds later - *snap* - it was over. I don't remember what exactly was running through my mind while posing for the photo other than "close your mouth!!!!" (I'm self-conscious about the size of my front teeth). But I do remember trying to look somewhat serene, a.k.a the exact opposite of what I was feeling at the time. I had just returned to France after living in Berlin for half a year and my emotions were all over the place. Fast forward a few weeks, I finally get the roll developed, evaluate all my shots and decide that this spontaneous self-portrait is worthy of being my next Facebook profile picture. I like the way I look: serene. So I upload it, adjust the thumbnail, and publish it (sans caption). The notifications start to pop up and I see that one of my old high school teachers comments:  "Sad?". My internal reaction: "Ok... Awk". Another comment left by my uncle a few minutes later: "You look so sad! I was bummed to read that my "serenity" had been so quickly labeled as sadness. I truly hadn't noticed a hint of gloom in my face before posting the photo. But these two comments revealed to me what I had weirdly failed to see in my own portrait before it began its life as my profile picture. I do, indeed, look sad.”