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{PHOTOBLAST} ‘SELFIE’-CENTERED SOCIETY

 

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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 . . .

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KIM K - SELFIE CENTERED - THE EYE OF FAITH VINTAGE BLOG

“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.

-Dalai Lama

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.

-Hugh Hefner

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,

{theEye}

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High Flying Adored – Drawings for the ‘Playboy Pleasure Hub’ Released

Coming to a galaxy near you! The suits at Playboy Magazine are having fun showing off their vision for the wildest space odyssey many of us would be lucky to encounter in our lifetime. A ‘Playboy Pleasure Hub’- yes, seriously. A ‘Playboy Pleasure Hub’: this club in space may just bring a new definition to that “Mile High Club”.

Heffner has always been the innovator, staying a few steps ahead of the competition at all times. Having come from a time when by 2001 we were supposed to be ruling the solar system with advanced space colonies, and the help of highly sophisticated artificial intelligence, the prospect for making the ‘Playboy Pleasure Hub’ a reality is finally plausible.

With rich digital illustrations by space travel enthusiast Adam Wells, the concept really comes to life with all the bright colours, sleek but organic futuristic lines, and plenty of fun space recreation to be had.

And while the idea of consumer space travel is becoming more and more in vogue, headed by think-bright entrepeneur Richard Branson of Virgin Corporations, it could be years before any of us can even begin to imagine taking off to the dark side of the moon. But really, you can book your trip today with Virgin Gallactic.

In the scheme of things, it’s not even too expensive to make the epic leap ($200,000 from Virgin Gallactic, starting with a $20,000 deposit) but some red flags have to be raised when you start imagining the fuel needed to make these frivolous trips from humble planet Earth to science fiction future fantasy! Is it really worth it?

We hardly have enough fuel as it is, and after the oil crisis of the 1970s you would think we would have learned a thing or two since then. Until we can implement more plentiful, affordable, and renewable sources of energy (ex. solar, wind, free-energy), maybe all our trips into the far reaches of our solar system should be halted- no matter how sexy it’s supposed to be.

[Complex]

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