What draws you into sharing your life online?
The impressions of digital self-portraits are fascinating to me as being a part of our social media culture. What does it reveal about a person? There are complex human emotions behind each selfie in how it is picked by the 'artist' and then how it is seen by the world in which it is shared.
I believe that the selfie reveals a lot about the individual that is posting it. Most of all if reveals the workings of the soul. It is a reflection of how that person responds to the world around them and how they want to be seen by the world.
Just as the caveman documented their major life events on the walls of their living spaces, we are now able to chronicle our lives on virtual walls with ease. Our life online whether real or invented is developed through our regular postings. We can develop relationships across the world with people we may never meet face to face. Technology has changed the way we interact with the world as well as how we respond to it.
As our individual stories develop online, we allow the world to see us in our uniquely created persona. We can find more people who share our interests or rally like-minded folks to our shared concerns.
We can share our passions or failures with over a billion potential people worldwide on Facebook alone and 48% of posted selfies are shared there. Then there are 350 million photos posted daily on this network. Most amazing, the average user spends 20 minutes each time they log in and can be exposed to 1500 pieces of content when they do. Of course more than 75% of users visit multiple times during a day and spend more than 8 hours a month. This is a lot of life sharing on a single social media option!
The selfie is an important development of this interaction. We are sharing our lives, so we will naturally want to show our face and the faces of the people we love. Humans are social beings and our help to faces tell our story and the easiest way to create that content is with our cellphones.
With photo content easily created I decided to create a series by combining the historical journey of the original painted artist’s self-portrait method and the modern selfie photo. This allows me an expressive visual dialogue for my response on the human condition created by social media and insight on our place in the world at large.
What do you get out of social media? What draws you into sharing your life online?