This is Selfitudes, a newsletter exploration of the selfie as if etude or attitude.
This is a space for explorations of photography, culture, and identity in broad strokes through the personal, the news, and monuments of art history.
I am a very young Gen Xer (many in my graduating class were elder Millennials); we didn’t take selfies. We all took photographs of groups at parties on disposable cameras, or shots of our friends together. Perhaps we went to glamour shots. We got our senior photos taken. As an older person I avoided them. They didn’t seem serious, or authentic, or even ‘good’ pictures. The vocabulary of the selfie is usually casual, but also silly or sexy or both. To be casual, silly or sexy on camera, with evidence in the prints back from the grocery store that might be left on the counter for everyone to look through wasn’t what was expected.
Over time, these are some of very reasons I’ve come to be fascinated with selfies as a genre, with writing and theory about selfies, and with duck lips and other poses.