A Part of the Vernacular

The term, “selfie” is undoubtedly a part of the English vernacular. When you scroll down any social media page, inevitably you’ll come face-to-face with a multitude of selfies. Posing in their cars, in front of the mirrors, making duck faces or a model pout…

I have to admit my initial feelings about selfies were resoundingly negative. In my rare attempts to take them, I could never get the angle right. The counselor in me also constantly fixated on the narcissistic aura that encircled these infamous selfies. With time, I softened to the idea and accepted that the selfie was here to stay.

“Today, the selfie is part of a world in which our public selves — the ones we showcase on the social web — are carefully articulated versions of who we choose to be on any given day, at any given moment. The selfie is the ultimate representation: the way we want the world to see us now.” http://www.newsweek.com/selfie-art-one-gallery-thinks-so-445

Since having children, I’ve embraced the lighter side of selfies. I can usually count on a raucous of giggles, oversmiling, tongues sticking out, and lots of cuddles and closeness to try to get everyone in the shot. Just last week, Liam walked into the nursery with a special request. “Mom, can we take a selfie with Atticus?” In that moment, I found myself wondering if society’s opinion of the selfie would change if we regarded it as a work of art rather than a calculated act of self- expression.

Armed with one of my favorite photo apps (Prisma), I decided to put my theory to the test. A little action research if you will. Enjoy this collection of avant garde selfies I’ve curated for your viewing pleasure. I’d love to hear your sentiments about selfies, so please consider sharing your thoughts in the comments. #selfiesunday #isaselfieaworkofart




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