British photographer and director Rankin has already lobbied against selfies in a few of his projects (Selfie Harm, for example). In his latest project titled Selfie Control, the artist wants you to join him. He is fighting against selfies and is inciting all creatives to collaborate with him to create their own self-portraits.
As I believe you know, selfies and self-portraits aren’t the same. I even pointed out some differences between the two concepts in this article. Rankin explains that artists used to use self-portraits to explore ideas of self, through the creation of imagery that exposed intimacies or ideas of themselves. Some of them even used them as a personal and introspective artistic expression.” But as selfie culture has pervaded our screens and lives, it has also suffocated a unique form of artistic expression, the self- portrait.” And this is what Rankin wants to counteract with Selfie Control.
The photographer wants you to take back control with concepts that are fresh and original. What’s more, he asks you to show a part of yourself that you don’t ever show on social media. Are you up for it? Here are the propositions if you’d like to participate, along with some more details:
- If you’ve got an idea for a self-portrait, write it up, take a photo, or even draw it – whatever best illustrates your idea. Then, email it for the attention of Jordan to [email protected] or DM @rankinarchive with #selfiecontrol.
- You can send as many ideas as you like, it doesn’t have to be just one.
- The project is open for people from all over the world. However, if you’re not from the UK, note that the travel and accommodation cost would be at your expense.
- When the best candidates are selected, they will be contacted and given some shoot dates.
- As for the submission deadlines, the project has just started so there are no clear deadlines yet. But you still have plenty of time, and we’ll update the article when the deadline is announced.
I’ve taken lots of self-portraits and I see them as a way to express my emotions and escape negative thoughts. Self-portraits can be a powerful artistic expression, and they are so much more meaningful than selfies. So, I personally really like this project and I’m looking forward to seeing all the winning ideas turned into images.