Honorable Mention

Selfie

  • Photographer
    Emin Altay
  • Date of Photograph
    2014/10/13
  • Technical Info
    Canon 6D

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.

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