These past five weeks in our unique Byrne seminar have been eventful and interesting. Every class was something different. We got to explore Rutgers with groups of people and see what was really out there because of this class. It was a great experience and I would take it again if I could. One of the most interesting topics that we discussed was about selfies being a visual conversation. You never realize how much selfies can tell, we have conversations through pictures. We are now on different times where taking selfies is the thing and there is a story being told through each picture. -Lilian Huezo #RUSelfieproject
This camera was one of the first that actually allowed people to know when their picture was going to be taken when they stood in front to take a selfie. It was indicated by a red paper, then a white! How cool?! Just like our iPhones have self timers, so did this camera! #RUSelfieProject
I took these pictures in Murray Hall, one of many spots on campus where you can find all kinds of posters, flyers, and ads plastered all over walls and corkboards throughout the building. Selfies themselves are forms of advertising, not unlike any of the posters you see behind me; by taking a selfie and putting it online, we’re assuming the persona of the person in the photo, which can change depending on what elements we choose to include in it. For example, a selfie where you’re smiling vs. a selfie with a neutral expression can give two completely different views of a person.
It was like a mini museum here at George Street Camera because the owner of the store really collects like all the cameras since the camera was invented! Indeed, the camera has a significant impact on people’s life. Thanks to it, our history can be viewed and experienced in a graphical way. And the camera has become smaller and more convenient. The very first camera needed about 10 people to carry it, but now the camera is small enough to put in our pocket. Actually seeing those cameras made my day.
Today at the Zimmerli Museum, I took a selfie with a painting from the Nonconformist Art Gallery. During the time this painting was made, the USSR restricted the freedom of expression, so artists would create subliminal messages in their artwork in ways to express themselves and to defy the communist government. The speech bubble is empty, which makes one question the intent the artist had when including it: was it a way to say the artist felt speechless or was the artist commenting on how he feels restricted from saying anything under the communist regime? Selfies, much like art, provoke thought. A viewer stops, looks, and thinks about the meaning of what is before their eyes. Selfies have revolutionized the digital culture, with apps like Snapchat dedicated to sending and sharing pictures of ourselves and a first person point of view of how we live our lives. They push the boundaries of expression and thought into something that has the capabilities of sparking change in a society.
In class one day, we came up with the following possibilities.