Heard of the donut selfie?

Heard of the donut selfie?
Full-time National Serviceman Vincent Tan, 22, filmed his donut selfie videos while backpacking in Thailand. His montage was featured on the official website by American designer Karen X. Cheng, who pioneered the concept.

A new method of taking the now-ubiquitous digital self-portrait, or selfie, has been making its rounds on the Internet.

Dubbed the donut selfie, it is in no way related to the well-loved fried pastry, but is every bit as appealing - with a nifty swivel of your smartphone, you get the dramatic effect of a camera sweeping across your face.

A sample video by its inventor, American designer Karen X. Cheng, has already garnered close to 800,000 views since it was uploaded a month ago on videosharing network YouTube.

Ms Cheng wrote on her website: "Selfies are usually flat images and nothing has changed besides some filters. But in the meantime, our phone cameras have gotten way more advanced. This is a gorgeous way to capture yourself and your surroundings."

To do a donut selfie, place the camera phone in your left hand with the camera at your right temple, then loop it in a circular motion to your left temple.

For a cooler visual, use a camera with a slow-motion video function.

One Singaporean, full-time national serviceman Vincent Tan, 22, has been featured on Ms Cheng's website for a creative montage of multiple donut selfie videos he took on his GoPro camera while backpacking in Thailand.

"I did it for fun and to show my friends the places I'd been to. It's also a nice way to preserve my memories of the trip," he tells SundayLife!

Other Instagrammers here have also picked up on the fad. Singer-guitarist Benjamin Kheng, from local quartet The Sam Willows, roped in his bandmates and friends to do one on the band's Instagram account (@thesamwillows).

For comic effect, he panned the camera across his face, while the others pretended to fall backwards in an exaggerated manner.

He says: "We wanted to do something ridiculous and fun to wish our friend happy birthday, so I suggested trying this out. It's cooler than your average selfie."

jianxuan@sph.com.sg

For more information, go to www.donutselfie.com/

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