"selfie" was added to Webster's dictionary in 2014. It was titled "the word of the year" by Oxford dictionary in 2013 (a title given for it's prolific use). BUT don't get too exited Get X. You may claim the term "Selfie" but the practice has been around for a VERY LONG TIME. Since the beginning of art, artists have used themselves as a means of creative exploration. There is something so deeply rooted about the need for understanding one's identity. Take a look at some of my favorite "selfie" artist/artworks. You'll probably recognize a few:
Vincent Van Gogh
Other Great Examples:
For this assignment you will create and turn in 2 self portraits. 2 images that show something about you. Unlike a good "selfie" or Facebook profile picture, the driving force behind these images is to communicate something conceptually.
To get started, answer 4 of the following questions on a sheet of paper:
What do you wish people knew about you?
What is an object that represents you?
What location do you connect with the most?
What is on the inside that people miss on the outside?
How are you perceived vs. how you want to be perceived?
What are 5 words that describe you?
What are two contradicting facts about you?
What role do you play in life. Does it suit you?
Make a word bubble (old school style) at the bottom of your page and go to town. Don't stop until you have 15 words written down
Concept: On the backside of your paper, come up with some different ideas. Thumnail your photos out. Come up with a plan.
You will need to use either a remote or the self timer function on the camera and a tripod. If necessary, an assistant can be use to press the shutter on the camera but all other aspects of the image must be set up by you, the artist.
THESE IMAGES WILL BE DUE IN CLASS COMPLETELY EDITED MARCH 29TH
What makes a good self portrait?
Here are the notes from class of what you decided makes a good self portrait: