The selfies!

The selfies that you are about to see were taken with only one purpose (to be posted in this blog). Here is the place to say that I am not much of a selfie person, I do take them occasionally (of course). Although for the different social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) I take different kind of selfies.

Instagram

Because, I try to maintain my Instagram presence as “not too personal”. I show places I have been or things I have done but rarely post a picture of me. And this selfie is kind of appropriate for what I am trying to accomplish there.

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Facebook and Snapchat

Well, for me it is difficult to define the difference between those two. And often just a random selfie used as e snap ends up in Facebook. Partly that is because my Facebook profile is quite personal. And mentioning snaps, my Snapchat audience are my close and not so close friends (but I do not add random people there).

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Well, okay the “my best friend is a bottle of Vodka” selfie goes only as a snap.

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Selfie and the imagined audience

The first picture is whilst we were still in the seminar as the picture is taken at arm’s length it shows our location and surrounding plus our professor in the background. This picture is not specified to anyone as it is mainly just to show our location, so I would upload it to any social media website.

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The second picture is a selfie that I would possibly use for a profile picture. This was taken just before going for drinks with friends so it was a good opportunity to take a photo as my hair and make-up was done! This selfie would be targeted for friends rather than family, so I would likely post it on Instagram where I have less family members on it.

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 This selfie with my dog is something I would use to post on Facebook and Snapchat so my family and friends will know that I am home for the weekend.

Harley

Kirsty Paine

The selfie activity

I suppose there isn’t much sense in coming up with concepts that define strategies and behaviors of people taking a selfie if you can’t relate to taking a selfie. Therefore, these are my three attempts at taking selfies.

Selfie #1

The selfie was taken in such a way as to prove we were in the seminar room, with our lecturer in the back and the seminar slides still up. The picture is taken from above so as to flatter both our faces and to catch the light, while our facial expression is standard for a picture (smiling). The social media platform where I would post this picture is Twitter. This makes it more difficult to imagine an audience, seeing how unless you’re account is private, Twitter allows for a certain context collapse. In this case your audience can be formed of family members, friends, classmates, work colleagues etc and hence makes it difficult to target a selfie to just one audience. In other words, the audience would be everyone in my social network.

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Selfie #2

This picture is taken at an arm’s length, also in the seminar room. The background is less visible than in the first one, but there are only two subjects in this picture. The facial expression is similar to the first selfie and is meant to be cheerful and light, which relates directly to the imagined audience, which in this case would be family and very close friends. However, because it’s posted in a group blog, it’s also directed at classmates, the lecturer and is available to anyone who might visit the blog. If that weren’t the case, the desired platform would be Skype of Facebook, to be shared via the chat features these two platform offer, in order to ensure that only the people I send it to will be able to see it.

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Selfie #3

This picture is of myself at home, also taken from above to ensure good lighting, visibility and a good angle. This picture might be a possible profile picture as it clearly shows my face, doesn’t show other parts of the body or parts of the room and hence is neutral enough to be seen by a larger group of people.

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In terms of authenticity, on the one hand these pictures seem “authentic” to me because they are not produced, they are not edited and are not selected from a larger batch of similar (if not identical) other selfies. On the other hand, these pictures were taken with a clear goal in mind, which was to be posted in this blog post. Therefore, they might lack a certain spontaneity that could come from wanting to take a selfie for no reason at all or for personal reasons.

 

Irina Jurj

The image audience and Selfies

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The first image is of my friend and I, making our journey to Uni. The weather was quite nice that day and the lighting was great for a ‘selfie’ picture to be taken (as shown), sunlight shining into the carriage in a way made our skin glow (but slightly made me too bright) most selfies today its mainly about getting lighting correct which in a way I tried to do seeing as it was a nice day out. The audience this selfie could be for is mainly family as we are showing them our journey.

 

The second image is again my friend and I at the theatre watching Wicked. This selfie was mainly taken to show our friends and also acquaintances where we were to make them slightly jealous I guess. I shared the image through different social networks (Facebook, Snap chat and as my Whatsapp Display picture). Didn’t exactly think too much about the lighting as the setting in the theatre was quite dim anyway, but as you can see in the image that it still came out quite well. My facial expression was kind of a smug look, as I was trying to make others jealous that I was at the theatre getting ready to watch wicked and they weren’t.

 

The third image is of myself showing my audience (friends) my hairstyle, especially the ones who are interested in hair and fashion. In this selfie I did take into account the lighting as I wanted to show the curls in my hair and also the colour. Within my group of friends these types of ‘selfies’ are quite common, of showing new styles and trends as that is what we are into.

Rebecca Fox

Selfies and imagined audience

In the first picture as you could see we are in the library. This shows for our family members that we are learning and reading. There is no special facial expression, just a natural look.

The second picture it is quite different from the first picture. Our pose  in a picture could be called ‘duck face’ because of our facial expression. Background is the same as in the first picture but books are closed and we not look like we are learning. This kind of pictures might be more target for friends rather than relatives or family especially because of the pose.

Third picture could be send in a ‘Snapchat’ where audience is everyone. we took this picture in a metro which is fun and passable for everyone.