How many times have you skimmed through your social media newsfeed only to be confronted by yet another selfie of someone standing in their room, pouting into the mirror? Or been out with friends and gone to speak only to be met with tops of heads, while they are engrossed in their phone? It seems to happen to me, A LOT, so I’m guessing its happening to most people at some point or other.
This project originated from the #selfie culture that seems to be taking over the internet and newsfeeds on most, if not all, social media. I began by taking my own selfies and originally wanted to use them to create something but I couldn’t fathom what. I think part of idea formation for me, especially with this project, was that looking at images of myself was a bit too close to try and decipher what I wanted to do with them, for me they were just me and that was that. I moved on to looking at items which define a selfie, from mirrors to mobiles and the apps with which we share these images on. I started to look at other peoples images of #selfies and did a Google search using #selfie as the search term. I came across a website that groups all images shared on Instagram by the words they are # categorized with and started to filter through them, looking for images where the phone was in the shot, and the image taken in a mirror and started to download them to my computer. I then went back through them and started an editing process where I started to get rid of background in the images that didn’t really seem that interesting or relevant to what I was trying to focus on. In the end that just left a lot of arms and hands and phones floating around inside frames….