This series aims to provide an external perspective on the ‘selfie’. In recent years, a massive emphasis has been placed on capturing our own faces infront of landmarks, natural wonders and even celebrities in order to provide photographic proof that we have visited these places or met these people. Later, these images are often posted on social media, where audiences will browse, like and maybe even share the image, depending on how much they are interested in it. As the demand for bigger and better selfies has increased, so has the rise of innovative tools such as the selfie stick, that aim to profit on this phenomenon.
It seems we have lost touch with the real reason for travelling, partying or getting together with family. Instead, we feel the need to prove that we are enjoying ourselves by capturing selfies and snapchats to share with an audience that vastly (lets face it) doesn’t give a shit about what you are doing. Thanks to the front camera on your smartphone, you don't even have to trust a stranger with your camera anymore (the media has taught us strangers are bad) and you can now masquerade your lifestyle yourself.
It is no surprise we have found ourselves conforming to these ridiculous norms laid out for us by the media, as we are drip fed a constant stream of thoughtless content. As we know, conglomerates cannot reap huge rewards from our constant monitoring of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and can definitely not influence us to buy complete pieces of shit such as selfie sticks.
The following images provide a visual representation of these thoughts and commentary.