I have just had the new Olloclip 3-in-1 #Selfie arrive on my desk, it looks great. With the New Year approaching it made me wonder about the popularity and demand for the “selfie” in today’s world. The simplicity of the action has had a phenomenal impact in mobile photography and has laid host to creative solutions unique to this category and unseen anywhere before.
The social relevance and flexibility of the action has allowed us to be creative and spontaneous in our approach to mobile photography. With the word “Selfie” named the word of the year 2013 and such a wide spread embracement of the action (#Selfie Olympics!), I thought I would share a few of my favourite selfies of 2014.
The prolific Oscar selfie, taken by host Ellen DeGeneres, generated phenomenal buzz in social media and laid the ground for group celebrity shots. The image generated 779,295 retweets in only half an hour making history in the digital world and instant worldwide coverage.
An innovative art project created by media graduate Olivia Muus which attempts to show historic portrait paintings taking their own selfie. Titled the Museum of Selfie’s the art project has opened a number of creative doors for Olivia transforming her profile and status within the industry. The simple but witty nature of the shots transform the perception of the original paintings and provide great entertainment in the process.
Hangin’ out of a heli – Red Bull base jumper Jokke Sommer captures phenomenal selfie just as he ascents from a helicopter. This has allowed the core brand message to metaphorically resonate with its target audience and provide excitement and entertainment within a still image.
Don’t look down! – Daredevil Kirill Oreshkin captures unbelievable selfie on top of a skyscraper in Moscow. As well as providing a heart dropping image, this has elevated the status and awareness of Kirill himself and showed a unique perspective of his stunt activities.
Run Forest run! – Christian (unknown last name) takes an extreme selfie during the annual Great Bull Run at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. Through the sheer activity of taking the image, Christian has unintentionally elevated the awareness of the Great Bull Run event.