Are Selfies “Art?”

img_6115Is a selfie a work of art? I absolutely believe it is. The different self portraits I saw at the museum made me realize that just because our culture is digitalized now more than ever doesn’t mean photos taken from phones and cameras aren’t works of art. Just like there is a deeper meaning behind a painting, specifically a painting of an individual, there is also a meaning behind a selfie taken from a camera. While painting, an artist tries to make the model look their very best, working carefully with different colors and techniques. That is what went into painting those older paintings in the museum. In the modern world, we try to look our best in selfies, adjusting the lighting and adding filters to enhance the picture. A photo, whether it is a selfie or not, is┬áconsidered art in my eyes. #RuSelfieProject


Final thoughts

img_6398This class was a definitely one I’m glad I was apart of. Not only was it a fun experience, it was a great way to meet new people in my first few weeks here at Rutgers. I got to bond with my classmates through the topic of selfies and the expanding digital culture- something very relatable within a college setting. I’m very glad that I have this blog as a memory of this Byrnes seminar. I’ll miss each and every person!

-Hooreya Akhtar

A digitized world

img_6097I wonder what would happen if computers didn’t exist. It seems as though everyone is reliant on them every single day- whether it’s for educational or entertainment purposes. Behind me are students using the computer lab in the College Ave. student center. Whether they are typing up an essay, doing research, surfing the web, or exploring social media, they require access to the internet somehow and computers make that possible. And because almost everything happens via the internet, our culture is becoming more and more digitized. It’s very rare that we see handwritten reports or letters sent to one another.


Chair wrapped in chairs

img_6107This specific piece really caught my eye. It was such a simple concept that was turned into a work of art. It consisted of a single chair surrounded by multiple other chairs. This goes to show that it isn’t necessarily the object or painting itself, but it is the concept behind it that makes it so intriguing. This and many other artwork pieces at the Zimmerli Art Museum made me appreciate the idea behind the masterpieces much more.


The evolution of studying

img_6097This picture was taken in front of the computer lab in the lower level of the College ave student center. Behind me, we see students engaged in the computers in front of them. Because these computers are free to use, people like to study and take advantage of the technology in front of them. If I were to take a picture like this years ago, the students would probably still be sitting there doing their work but the computers wouldn’t be a part of the picture. Through the evolution of technology, it has been made possible for new methods of studying and work to be completed and people, especially students rely heavily on technology to get their work done.


The original selfie camera

img_6047This interesting camera at the George Street Camera was one of the first to make it possible for someone to take a selfie and have an idea how their photo will turn out. The mirror in front was your way of knowing what would be captured in the frame. This device was the closest thing they had to an iPhone’s front facing camera; they both had a screen/mirror that showed what the camera saw. It’s hard to believe how difficult it was to take a selfie back then when today, all we have to do is click a button.


Self Timer!

img_6061A self timer made by Kodak! It’s crazy to think that cameras in the late 1800’s and 1900’s did not have the features that modern cameras do. There was no such thing as “flash photography” until a bulb was invented to flash light during a photo. The same goes for a timer; it was invented separately but eventually became a part of the camera without the separate timer as shown in the picture. Cameras have evolved so much over the years and I loved being able to learn about this change at the George Street Camera.