Selfie is a phenomenon so frequent in the 21st century that it has inspired quite a few psychological studies so far. The latest one was conducted Washington State University psychologists, comparing people who post selfies and those who post photos taken by someone else. Will it surprise you if I say that the result is not encouraging for frequent selfie posters at all? According to this study, those who frequently post selfies are perceived as being “less likable, less successful, more insecure and less open to new experiences” than those who post photos taken by others.
Selfies are probably the most common photographs created today. Most of us shoot them, but how many of us shoot them the way Lizzy Gadd does? Lizzy photographs herself in the various landscapes of the world and her work truly illustrates the difference between a simple “selfie” and a “self-portrait”.
Lizzy’s also the subject of SmugMug’s latest film, which sees her exploring Scotland’s beautiful Isle of Skye looking for new worlds in which to place herself. She talks about her motivation and technique, and it’s fascinating to listen to her insights and thought process.
More and more modern phones come with an ultra-wide-angle camera. When it’s a front camera, it lets you capture more people into a group selfie. However, those heads near the edges of the frame will get distorted. A group of researchers has come up with a new method for dealing with this problem. They have created an algorithm that makes your group portraits distortion-free and flattering for everyone in the photo.
So, this kinda makes sense, but it also kinda creeps me out. DxOMark is a pretty well-known name when it comes to testing lenses, sensors and cameras. And that includes the cameras in your phone. In this case, specifically, the selfie camera. At least as of January of this year.
To help improve the tests, and standardising their process for consistency, they made a realistic mannequin selfie stand-in made from 3D scanning a real human subject. If you ask me, though, it has that sort of Westworld Vibe.
Sadly, we often hear of tourists who destroy the world around them just so they can pose for Instagram. Self-described Russian filmmaker and photographer, Alexander Tikhomirov, recently got under fire because of this. On his trip to Iceland, he plowed his car into a protected geothermal area. He snapped a few photos and bragged about his “achievement” on Instagram, which caused outrage from his followers.
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.
When you take a selfie, when is it ready to be posted on social media? How much editing does it need before you share it with your followers? British photographer John Rankin Waddell, aka Rankin, explored this in his project Selfie Harm, and he ended up with alarming results.
Rankin photographed fifteen teenagers with barely any makeup and gave the portraits a simple, natural aesthetic. Then he asked boys and girls to edit their own photos until they felt they were social-media ready. The resulting photos were scary and worrying, showing just how dangerous image altering can be for young people’s mental health and self-image.
When you visit a famous landmark, the first thing you’re likely to see is a horde of tourists snapping selfies all over the place. Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose visits these landmarks, but she takes anti-selfies: weirdly hilarious images in which she plays dead. She brings them all together in the project titled STEFDIES and it’s a stance against selfies and the mindless self-absorption they carry with them.
Because selfie sticks are so 2014, Apple is now turning to computational imaging for taking group selfies. Actually, for making them, since they will be composed out of individual selfies from different phones. Apple has filed a patent for an app that will allow everyone from the group to take a selfie they’re satisfied with, compose them into a single photo, and then add a background of choice. And if I may add – take “fake” to a whole new level.