how to take one
when your 27-year-old
soon to be 28-year-old
like a Mr. Vegas song
and the only reason you even know those lyrics is
like a Pharell Williams feat. Jay Z song
and the only reason you know that is because
Dread & Terrible
but you're not Chronixx
and nobody's interested
suh y sho yuh fays eneway?
show them the sleepy boat
on the Haulover Creek instead
July 30, 2014
it is easy to be beautiful. try ugly and unconventional. bare your imperfections and scars. #nofilter
"Look straight at the puto lens" he said
Are selfies staged I wondered?
I had, for some strange reason, thought that these were a specie of instantaneous capture. And had, in this way, taken and posted my selfies.
The only 'staged-ness' I'll admit to, was ensuring aesthetics, that is to say, using light to ensure that imperfections are so overexposed, they disappear.
I don't use filters (even though, I don't attach the famous '#no filter' to indicate this).
So when JD suggested that I stage a photo, so that he could convert it into some designed image, which he would attach to a text that I had written; I really was unable to.
He ended up having to settle for the closest to the 'ideal image' he'd envisioned. The idea of posing a selfie seemed fake (I know this seems like a ludicrous concept for most).
A selfie, is after all a construct, a product of social media, which is virtually real.
Really you can be anything you choose to be online, married or widowed, employee of YMCMB, CEO of a company (a Facebook page you've created). There is no instrument to assure that your avatar (your Facebook, or Google+ or tumblr identity) is even remotely close to your actual self.
This is all valid.
Who are we anyway outside our online existence? We morph constantly. Who can say that they actually know us, fully? Have seen us unmasked, stripped down and authentic?
And the selfie? In a world where you can really be anything you want and have that quasi-verified by some online authority, why not?
What is the point of authenticity in a space of virtual and infinite possible realities?
August 2, 2014
While you're out?
Here's what's been happening...
'Friends' have been trying to get in touch with you
New 'Friends' have requested 'Friendship'
You've been 'invited' to 'events'
You've been 'invited' to 'groups'
You've been tagged
Your 'group' has been updated
Your 'events' have been updated
You've been 'liked' in a 'post' you've been tagged in
Two have commented on your photo
in all 'Katie Numi Usher' you have 95 new notifications
Notifications to notify you that
1. you do indeed have many friendships
who miss you when you don't log on
2. There are more virtual friendships waiting,
waiting, waiting, waiting....
You could have them if you just log on
3. You're always being invited to groups and events
You could join and attend if you just log on
Really without logging on. you're missing out on
events and groups
Please be notified
that when you do log on
your life will be restored.
We wait, while you try to live a real life in the real world,
your virtual existence misses you.
August 6, 2014
marilyn melanin 2
August 6, 2014
August 6, 2014
ugly and beautiful
scarred and pristine
blemished and impeccable
perfect and flawed
all those adjectives even
definition and definition via interpretation
TV, and society will make you feel like a monster
they strive for a perfect world
I don't hide behind
the makeup they sell
astringents, washes, creams and the chemical shitstorms they push on you
to save face
I live shielded by my ugliness
un-affected by Covergirl expectations
just a regular someone
just a regular monster
just a woman
just a woman
#nofilter #selfie #perfectlyfullofimperfections
August 9, 2014
After a two week, two day purge from facebook, I logged in to promote the project, but also, I will shamelessly admit, that the curiosity which was nibbling me, won.
Just as I assumed the 'scare tactics' were just that, I had missed nothing. I did manage to get a few people to 'virtually' promise to attend.
A comment was what hit me the most:
'I just realise... Selfie's are the ultimate in sadness! We have reached the point that so wrapped up are we in the techy world we can't even ask someone 'do you mind just taking a quick snap". I used to see people (couples mostly) trying to get a "selfie" and who would always be happy to be asked. "would you like me to take that for you". Now I probably class as an out of touch saddo for suggesting such a thing!'
Fraser Burden, whoever he is, a friend of a facebook friend Mike Chirnside, has a point. Is the selfie-craze an age thing? Are the only ones affected by the phenomena young, tech-savvy and sad?
If the selfie could be considered a techy-social media bi-product version of the self portrait, maybe the question is not sadness. Just like Fraser, I have seen people struggling to take a selfie, and offered help, only to be told, "no thanks. I've got it."
Maybe they honestly, want total control over their image, the angle, lighting, composition, colour, pose, everything.
Maybe Fraser isn't out of touch, maybe the selfie-takers aren't the incarnation of 'ultimate sadness'
Actually, why do we take selfies of "everywhere... literally everywhere!"?
We can, so we do? Maybe we may never know the 'why'.
August 10, 2014
Let's dissect a selfie
1. no attention to details: leave the booth door open.
Let the world know for sure that you are in a public bathroom. #whoops#toiletpaper#toilet#wastebinwithblackgarbagebag
2. Point the camera to the mirror. Make sure everyone can see your ostentatious iPhone case. Yes you are a 27 year old woman with a 15 year old's taste. #tacky#notIggyAzeala#notfancy
3. Don't smile. (you already have a thousand smiling pictures) Try to do that 'duckface' pout thing you see all those girls post on Facebook. #duckfacefail
4. Make sure the white sink and faux silver faucet are in the foreground of the picture. Remember drive home the idea, that yes, this is a public bathroom.
Maybe plant the idea that you washed your hands after using the bathroom, and before picking up that fucking phone, which you can't seem to put down. #germsgone#washbeforeposing#squeakycleanforselfie
5. Make sure your eyes are focused on you and not the phone (to make sure the image is in focus and looks ok) at the moment of taking the picture.
If not, delete and repeat. Still no? delete and do over. if not, oh fuck, take five and then select the best of those.
6. Realise, this photo is shitty and stupid, and you look proper ridiculous with that coral lipstick, floral print clingy dress and hyper-active phonecase. Who are you kiddin? You suck at taking these stupid 'glam' selfies. #selfiefail#glamshotfail
7. Post on Facebook as soon as you get home to wifi. You know it's stupid, so caption it "cause everyone needs a Princess Hotel bathroom selfie". #silly#latepost#you'resoridiculouskatieithurts
8. Try not to laugh when you see people liking and commenting on it. Seriously? ok fuck! #what'suponasaturdaymorning?#seriously? #seriously3:00a.m#seriously3:00a.m.andnothingbetterthanfacebookposts
9. Realise. Oh my! This is too good to let slip. Realise you simply must do a selfie project and launch it on your website. Why? Well this is cheaper than going barhopping on your birthday. #selfie?projectisborn #artfromfacebookpostinglife
August 11, 2014
"i no into da selfie ting. I kno I luk gud!" ~ Sabreena Daly August 13, 2014
I realise that I really don't understand this whole selfie world and selfie trends.
What the hell is a cat beard? I saw the hastag on Instagram. When I searched that hashtag 25, 556 posts came up. Are people just fucking bored or are they actually content to stick their cat on their face, like a faux mustache, and take a selfie and post it under a hashtag so that other people can find it?
What does #nofilter actually mean? No photo filter? No makeup? natural light? Or literally no filter where everything and anything is 'postable'
What does it all mean?
It is a whole different place.
August 13, 2014
there is a jungle
a maze of
thoughts, fears, ideas, doubt
a mountain in the jungle
hopes, dreams and desires
lots going on
sometimes it dims
then I sleep
most times it rages
my eyes closed
my mind ablaze
I great the new day
slightly more exhausted than I was before I slept
I wish I could share these things
do they translate
trembling hands typed this
any combination of those
a friend suggested I do art in the real world
to stop hiding behind a computer screen
would I be able to be sincere
alcoholics need shots
I need the www.
what do you need?
August 14, 2014