In the golden era of social media, we have seen a rise in the narcissistic need to let not only our friends but relative strangers always know where we are, what we are doing and who we are doing it with. I have been guilty of it, just look at my twitter account. This got me thinking, how self-obsessed is the selfie? Does a voyeur see it as amateur porn or just campy photography? Is it hot or not?
Although I am not a professional model, I have worked with a few professional photographers and ones that are v. experienced amateurs. I firmly believe that a gifted photographer can capture what’s inside. The little things that aren’t obvious to the naked eye. The nuances of emotions that lie somewhere between your conscious and unconscious self.
A selfie is posed. It is often a one-note representation of an individual’s momentary state of being. An entirely appropriate commentary for that moment perhaps…
I try to imagine what the Mona Lisa would look like if that painting was done as a self-portrait. When you look at the self-portraits of Dali, Picasso and Van Gogh, they are often tortured-looking and don’t represent the magic of what others see.