Golden Selfie represents me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It is myselfie, my self that exists online in a layered mirror format on multiple social networks, and the image itself comes from a mirror reflection. I spotted this mirror and knew I needed to take a selfie portrait it in it - not because I wanted to share it, but because I loved the mirror. I had seen that mirror many times in dreams. In the photograph, I am looking up into the light, above the top fold of the gilded golden mirror. I am not looking at the mirror in front of me, or my camera. I see something else.
“I think a ‘successful selfie’ is one that accurately portrays how one is looking and feeling right now,” says Alicia Eler. “If you are feeling on top of the world and just got a great haircut and want to share it, why not go for it! Who cares, really? If you feel like shit because you’re at the hospital with your dying grandfather and you want your friend to know what’s happening in your world, that is also successful. We all need to feel loved and supported by the people in our lives. The idea of success in the selfie depends on if you are able to honestly convey your emotional state-of-being.”
Don’t Turn Your Back on Selfies
LOS ANGELES — A selfie says a thousand words, especially when it’s taken with a longtime friend. We’ve all taken selfies to commemorate something together; it’s as if the moment doesn’t exist if we didn’t take that photo. Some selfie situations are more intense than others, however. “I knew it was going to be the last time I ever [saw] him,” said Michael Mandell about a selfie that he took with his friend Tyler Hadley, after Tyler killed his own parents. This commemorative selfie reminds Michael of the friendship they used to have; now Tyler is serving two life sentences without parole. “He’s my longtime childhood friend, and that’s all I’m ever gonna see him as,” explains Michael to an aggressive Fox News reporter who interrogates him on why he’d want to remember his friend.