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Robert Cornelius – Self Portrait – 1839
The FIRST ‘Selfie’ , as well as the first ever photograph of a human being in history. Not bad for a dead guy . . .
“Why do you like me more when I was prouder and wilder, more full of words, yet emptier?”
― Friedrich Hölderlin
Don’t quote me on this one, but I feel like I’ve been hearing/reading a lot of talk about Kim K being the inventor of the selfie. She released her book SELFISH , and whilst you can attribute the ‘success’ of her following (52.8 million and counting) to her candid take on life posting bits and bites of her online constantly, she wouldn’t be the first or last to take a picture of themselves.
Nowadays ‘selfies’ are rampant on the internet, and its quite curious to see a generation of children growing up with the notion that there is an essential need to post one’s image ‘online’ at all times. There’s a saying these days that ‘if you don’t see it on Instagram, it didn’t happen‘ – which by all standards seems a little reductive to the actual experience of life and living, don’t you find?
While Kim may have been one of the forerunners in the popularization of the ‘selfie’, and even pushing the boundaries of the process of raising your phone in front of your face and pushing a button to some form or medium that one could consider ‘art’ . . . ? ? ?
Too much self-centred attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centred attitude is the source of suffering.
Yes, that’s what’s strange and hilarious about this whole ordeal, when in fact, if you take a look at a ‘selfie’ from the past, they are a whole lot more interesting than the run-of-the-mill duck face, booty-tooched, tiara-faced, bicep crunched, mid drift bared, grainy narcissism that is usually made to elicit some form of hype or attention; rather they are candid, curious moments immortalized by light and silver taken in a manner that is even more technically advanced and complicated than your phone or tablet.
Hope I didn’t offend anyone and their phone or tablet, but its the gosh-darn truth. And even before the advancements of the photograph in general, we had artists who painstakingly mixed pigment and with brushes artfully illuminated their souls onto canvas in what are often the best works by any artist- the self portrait, as we have come to call it.
It’s good to be selfish. But not so self-centred that you never listen to other people.
It would seem as a collective whole; as a community through history – we have always been fascinated by our true image, or at least, the image we leave behind of ourselves when we are gone. Perhaps its a stab at not being forgotten, or perhaps it is the artists own way of insuring they remember the times that were.
So in true E.O.F. style, we want to take a look back at the great ‘selfies’ of the past, remembering where we came from, and hopefully we can invigorate some imagination to add a flux to our inevitable futures.
Some things never change . . . certain aspects can change drastically on a dime, but as a whole, I think our tendencies tend to stay consistent.
The oldest ‘selfie’ we included in the gallery is of Ancient Egyptian sculptor Bak, who was chief sculptor to the pharaoh Akhenaten (father to the very famous Tutankhamun) who drastically shifted Ancient Egyptian customs during his rule which included their religion, as well as the world of art. Amazingly, this sculpture that depicts Bak and his wife dates from 1345 BC and is one of the earliest known examples of an artist taking to their own self image.
My personal favourite is that of Grand Duchess Anastasia (fourth from last) which dates from 1913. 13 at the time, she uses a Kodak Brownie (circa. 1900) propped on a chair in front of a mirror to curiously capture her own self image and remains one of the most famous ‘selfies’ ever taken (sorry Kim…) due to the circumstances of her death just five years after she took this photo.
Curious how things change. Curious how they stay the same, also.
Keep your eyes open. The past lives everyday around us.
Just takes a little squinting of the eye to see it so clearly.
Until we meet again,
Imagine our delight when we spent some time searching one of our Style Idols, Buster Keaton‘s movies, and stumbled upon a great clip from a 1961 edition of Allen Funt’s CBS-TV show “Candid Camera.” with the Silent Film Slap-Stick legend himself!
Looking as good as the ‘forgotten’ screen idol ever has, even in camouflaged casual, the man rocks some grandpa glasses and a cool convertible trench! No matter how grand a joker the guy is, his chic gentlemanly nature always shines through any farce.
We love the shock and horror race across the faces of the teenage victims as Keaton pulls gag after gag at the counter of a dinner. These kids were clueless to the fact that a Hollywood Royal was not only sitting next to them, but was pulling a Betty White proportioned fast-one over their heads.
Opening ceremonies for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival were today, and everyone is psyched for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom to open the show. Luckily vogue.it has us covered, and more photos can be found here.
Madras on checks on plaid, this is what most stylists might regard as one huge offense. However, any skilled style stunner could only find absolute joy and envy Murray’s dapper deliciousness. Bill Murray has always been known for his offbeat character, so it’s good to see an outfit that expresses his true colors. Excuse the pun.
The contrast of different stripes and plaids really is the key, not to mention the mix of colors. Obviously, Bill Murray’s character (who wears plaid pants) seems to be sticking just a little.
Surprised no one is paying more attention to his very tiny camera. Could be more to it than meets the eye. No one seems to suspect a thing.
Not suspicious, even a little? Say ‘Hello’ to Cannes for me!