We signed two new web clients this week, I’ve got a marathon to photograph on Sunday, and I’ve released a goddamn game to Steam Greenlight. They’re a tough crowd, I tell ya.
In fact, I wonder if I made the right decision, pouring all that work into a game like that. It’s not too well received. If it isn’t accepted, I’m going to have a very hard time breaking that to the team, let alone getting back to the drawing board with anyone else along for the ride.
So I’ve started University, and the exploration of the much-loathed selfie came about as a project. My interpretation of it’s deconstruction, with a removal of the figurative me, is such:
It’s a screenshot as one can tell, with leach window and app layered so as to portray my online being in succeeding levels of abstraction. In the forefront, an excerpt from a conversation I had with my girlfriend, and to the right the remainder of the title image (above), concealed in an ad. That would play to my take on the cheapness-appeal of the Selfie. Indeed, the porn is too.
Deleting my history then comes as a gag with the porn, and as a reference to something I’ve done may a time. I’ve deleted whole accounts, and swathes of my online identity, too.
Behind it all, my thoughts, unedited yet out of view. Behind that still, the second place the original image appears, this time as a base64 encoded string, to represent the physical component of a selfie.
Over the years, I’ve only ever loved listening to “On Taking Pictures,” a podcast by 5by5, hosted by Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman.
Each lengthy episode covers everything from the current gadget on the media radar to philosophical discussion about the nature of one’s role as a photographer. The Photographer of the day segment details the work of a selected artist, new each week, and what their style and influence was on the art form as a whole. In a way, they are a continuous, past-to present analysis machine of the state of photography.
And I could not recommend them more.