Entry Title: "Selfie"
Name: Emin Altay , Canada
Category and Expertise: Beauty|Fashion|Self-Promotion|Photo Essay and Feature Story|Other_ED|Personality|Social Cause|Other_ev|Other_FA|Portrait|Culture|Lifestyle|Other_P|Portrait_P|Self-Portrait|Other_S|Deeper Perspective, Student


Entry Description: Just as users of social media selectively include details they share, the frame of the selfie often fails to contain the full story of the pictured individual. The full picture is what I aim to examine in this photographic series as I photograph the selfie from a third person perspective. In this series I enter the real home of Emily and photograph her taking selfies at different corners of the apartment. The result is that viewers of her beautiful selfies will have little idea about the state of her living space.

Story: Selfie. "A selfie is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media (Oxford Dictionaries)." In 2013, the selfie became a world phenomenon as it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. A social media profile is supposed to paint a picture of an individual. But how much of it is authentic? Just as users of social media selectively include details they share, the frame of the selfie often fails to contain the full story of the pictured individual. The full picture is what I aim to examine in this photographic series as I photograph the selfie from a third person perspective. In this series I enter the real home of Emily and photograph her taking selfies at different corners of the apartment. The result is that viewers of her beautiful selfies will have little idea about the state of her living space.

About the Artist:

I am always fascinated about how photographs closely resemble reality. I belong to a generation where cameras are extremely accessible are photos are easily taken, therefore I really appreciate photos that contain more than just superficial beauty but also moments that stimulate the mind. In my spare time I enjoy stepping back and capturing moments that are authentic. An alive, breathing photograph is my favorite kind of photograph. Photography was invented as a means to record, to freeze a moment in time for posterity. One of the greatest joy I find in the hobby is the possibility that future generations may look at my photographs and say, “Look, this is what happened in the 21st century.”