Probably the number one stocking filler of Christmas 2014, the selfie stick has only heightened the narcissism epidemic and further perpetuated the social media notion that if you don’t document your face at a place then you were never there. In Alexander Short’s series Take a Good Look at Yourself, he perfectly encapsulates how hilarious these selfie stick portraits look to the people around them. Like the technological equivalent of shouting that you’re having a great time, it’s hilarious to see people on their own, in couples or big groups so determined to get these perfect self-portraits.
The complete disregard of the beautiful landmarks and scenes that sit quietly behind them is incredible and Alexander zooms out on their selfies to reveal the bigger picture. My favourite image in this series has to be the group of denim-shorted youngsters in Brazil and the majestic Christ the Redeemer’s unintentional open-armed pose in the background becoming the ultimate photo bomb.
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