26 Weeks Camera Challenge #15: Selfie / by Simeon Smith

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I’m unashamedly fascinated by the selfie culture. The fact that Kim Kardashian can sell art books of her instagram shots is an amazing phenomenon that is shaping how we see ourselves. Who hasn’t posted a selfie online? Phones come with front cameras for the express purpose of selfies. Never before have so many people distributed their likeness to so many of their friends or acquaintances. And never before have we spent so much time looking at self-portraits. Sure we may have been to a gallery to see a Van Gogh self-portrait, but you’d never have bought a magazine of selfies in mid-90s. They are a thing of our age. 

So let’s do them well. Let’s take deep and insightful selfies. Let’s question ourselves and our peers through how we portray our bodies.

Some people that do selfies so very well: 

Kim

Dee Elegia

Andy Warhol 

Francis Bacon

Frida Khalo

Christoph Neiman

Your task this week is to take and upload a selfie. But a good selfie. A technically good selfie, and an emotive selfie. Think about setting, about hair, wardrobe and makeup, about the story of your selfie. 

Questions: 

  1. What does your selfie say about you?
  2. What does it say about the viewer? 
  3. Why is current culture obsessed with self-image?