But first, let me take a selfie.
A selfie. We all know them, we all take them, but what is the real purpose of a selfie. Many believe that selfies are forms of art and expression while others heavily disagree. There is a stigma within older communities about the number of selfies us millennials take. They believe that we don’t live in the moment, but rather take too many selfies to notice what’s going on. However, is this really the case? Selfies have been used for years in order to keep memories and tell a story, and to me, that is why selfies are a great thing which people partake in doing, and should continue doing so.
Selfies have been around for much longer than people think. Selfies became a popular thing in 2010 with the release of the iPhone 4, he which many believe to be the first phone to implement a front camera. Before this, people had to settle for the classic ‘dirty mirror with an awkward flash’ photo by using the back camera. In fact, the first case of a selfie dates back all the way to 1938 by a man named Robert Cornelius. (Source of information found here). He slipped away in the back of a shop and used his old timey camera to take a picture of himself. It’s fascinating to know that the selfie was created long before the generation who criticise us, the millennials, for embracing the selfie.
For me, selfies have always been a form of art. They provide us with insight into someone’s life and the journey they take. Whether it be a selfie you took on a night out with your best friends, or a selfie to capture a moment of bewilderment and amazement, a selfie will always have a story, and that’s pretty incredible. In Jill Rettberg’s book ‘Seeing Ourselves Through Technology’ she discusses various artists who used selfies to express themselves. One which stood out was a woman named Suzanne Szucs. Szucs had an art exhibition in 2014 presenting all her selfies which she had taken for the past 15 years, all of which were taken on a Polaroid camera. One selfie everyday showed her in an array of emotions and places in her life. This innovative way to immortalise her life shows us how selfies aren’t just for the show offs and the attention seekers, selfies have been produced for so long for so many different goals and the artistic way which selfies have been used is beautiful. We’ve also seen evolutions of this art piece Ahree Lee producing a video of her selfies from the previous three years showing the transition of her as a person then to the person she is now. Selfies are a fantastic way of preservation, and this is a clear way to see why.
As a finish, I would like to say that as an art form selfies are beautiful they are empowering and they are what makes the millennial generation great. They have made something which can be seen as vain into something which are used to express immense feelings and incredible stories.