Selfie master James Franco got it spot on when he said that “in our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, “Hello, this is me.”” The humble selfie has become a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon. It’s now a totally common part of daily life and it seems I can hardly leave the house these days without witnessing a selfie in action or taking one (or ten) myself.
We take selfies for ourselves, for others, or to blast out on social media. Our selfies can be to capture a moment, an outfit, to immortalise a good face day, or simply just because the selfie seems to just be a thing humans do now. There’s always some kind of photographic device is close range, it would be rude not to whip out a quick selfie, right?
Although you can easily cast selfies aside as being a self-involved and conceited side effect of this generation, I see them as a little bit more than that.
It’s long been a universal and innate need to document and share our personal lives. Self-portraits have been around since the beginning of time and I’m yet to meet a person who doesn’t love talking about themselves. Take a selfie and you can capture a snippet of your life, of yourself, in a way that you personally dictate.
Social media provides everyone with a platform to broadcast a certain curated image of themselves to their own audience. With just a smart phone and some internet access you can create your own digital gallery. Your own Museum of You. With just a simple selfie we can broadcast to the world (or at least our world) a very specific light of ourselves, even if it’s not completely intended.
Whether you’re selfie-ing a life milestone or just want everyone to see how good your butt looks today, it’s an exercise in self-expression and reflection as valid and layered as the Mona Lisa. I wholeheartedly know and believe that everyone is an artist. We are our own greatest subjects – you will never have as much knowledge and insight about anyone other than yourself. Those who identify as artist and commit themselves to creating fill all their work with references to the self, just by default. Now, using the selfie, so many people are taking and owning their own creative freedom. It’s all kinds of exciting.
From the raw point-and-post tactics to elaborate editing techniques, there are a million ways to do a selfie. All are equally valid. All are worth sharing. The world can never have enough body positivity, personal happiness, creativity, documentation, self-expression, or pure unadulterated fun
So, post a selfie today because we all know you look good and you have shit to share.