Mar 272015

The National Gallery in London has banned selfie sticks. The gallery says it has placed them in the same category as tripods, which are banned “in order to protect paintings, individual privacy and the overall visitor experience”.
The National Gallery ban follows other galleries around the world, including the Smithsonian museums in Washington.



Vocabulary and definitions

selfie – a self-portrait taken on a smartphone
capture – to take a photograph
a snap – a quick and informal photograph
selfie stick – an extendable pole to hold your smartphone on
viewpoint – a place where you can see or watch something
soared – risen quickly
distracting – stopping you from concentrating on something
a ban – officially say something is not allowed
imposed – introduced
sticking their neck out – doing or saying something that other people may not like or agree with
engaged – (here) involved in doing something

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