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
Lauren is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to writing here on Pursuit of Daydreams, Lauren’s daydreams consist of all forms of design: Graphic, Fashion, Web, Interior, Art. On any given day, she can be found preoccupied with at least one of the above. She is happiest with a bowl of ice cream in hand.