Thursday, 30 November 2017

SELF

The ever-ongoing debate on whether the selfie-culture is that of a damaging or
constructive nature is one that I contemplate time and time again.
An aspect of my artistic practice is to shoot photographs of the self and figure, and whilst
I will happily post my creative images online without a worry, it can be quite a different
ball-game when it comes to posting a selfie.

Depending on whether or not I feel good about my personal image, the quantity of online
posts that I upload can vary. Whilst there is evidence that posting selfies can have boost
ones self-esteem, even when others may percieve it as narcissitic or vain; if you aren't
loving the way you look or feel, you're probably not going to want to share yourself with
the world. 

It's not surprising to find that selfies are a form of personal branding, they are a kind of
self-definition. The more often you post self-portraits expressing a particular identity
(bohemian, alternative, funny, sexy, adventurous etc) the more likely your followers will
endorse your personality. Many find their identity lies within the eyes of how others
percieve them, especially as their constructed personal image is approved through likes
from others. However, the danger with selfie culture is playing the comparison game.
Falling into the trap of believing that the contrast between your personal life with the
flawless lifestyle correlates with self-worth can be easily done. We can often forget that
we are only considering the controlled imaged being portrayed through social media; and
when you're feeling down in the dumps, it may result in you feeling less successful.

I don't believe that the culture of selfie-taking will die anytime soon, so we can expect to
experience the highs and lows for as long as we log in to social media, but when it comes
to reflecting on the images in years to come, it will be intriguing to see characteristics
change as we grow.



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