Self(ie) Portraits

Olivia Muus, a designer and marketer based in Denmark, cleverly gave some historical museum portraits a modern update. This artistic twist on the ubiquitous selfie, is a humorous breath of fresh air from the average Instagram duck face.

I took a picture, just for fun, and liked to see how this simple thing could completely change the character of a person.” says Olivia of her selfie reinterpretation.

I think it’s interesting how we get a whole new perception of people as soon as there is a smartphone in front of their face.

 Thus, a perfect blend—and interesting commentary— of a modern context imposed upon the very artistic relics that started it all: the self portrait á la selfie. The dignified subjects are instantly made shamelessly awkward with a iPhone shoved in front of their face, which provides a compelling narrative on our own Instagram feeds full of awkward ritualistic mirror selfies as documented via whatever may catch our reflection.

Who are we when we are not over-filtered, kissy faces overindulging our reflections with front facing cameras or smudged bathroom mirrors? Perhaps, somewhere deep down inside the millennial selfie, hides the dignified self-portraits of old.

 

Images and quotes via Boredpanda.com

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