This Minor project turned out to be a real challenge for me in the beginning. I was so focused on getting started for my Major I’d sort of overlooked this one and got in a bit of a flap about what to do for it. I can definitely say I’ve tried a bit of many ideas that I had as I started off wanting to do some street style work again. I really wasn’t getting into it and I felt a bit like I was copying my old work and that I needed to start fresh with this project. That’s when I came up with the idea of exploring selfies. They are so commonplace and people take them all the time probably without even thinking about it.
I started off with this by taking them on my 7D and trying to go along with sort of a different styles of clothes theme and although I liked these images I wasn’t too sure where else I could go with these and they didn’t feel very ‘selfie’. I then went on to incorporate the theme of music within my images and taking photos of myself in different locations listening to different sorts of music. Again, I did like this sort of direction but on a mini tutorial with my tutor and classmates in which I brought these and just a few selfies I’d shot on Instagram, the majority vote went to exploring this project with Instagram and doing ‘proper’ selfies.
When I shot my sefies I used a variety of hashtags as this is how you get the attention of other uses on Instagram. I learnt fairly quickly that by using ones such as ‘coffee’, ‘selfie’ and artists names if I was listening to music at the time generated the most likes. It was a strange experience hashtagging my selfies as complete strangers from all over the world would like my picture and occasionally comment or talk to me because of it. It was almost like breaking down a social barrier saying, yes, I want you to look at me and interact with me.
I chose my finals as these were the ones over the month I was taking them that either generated the most likes or didn’t for whatever reason. Overall, I am happy with my final results and it was interesting to sort of play games to get likes and to learn more about using Instagram as a tool. I am pleased also with my image on the screen for display as I felt that something interactive like this should be seen on a screen and this was a different way to show it. Lastly, for my other four finals, I am printing them off just using my home printer, as I want them to have a temporary and throwaway feel. This is because after that first hour when the selfie is new, it loses interest and people move on. I ended up enjoying this project more than I expected and I now look forward to moving onto my Major.