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Stories of the Self

Aimée Morrison: My Selfie(s), Myself

Do we have some sort of primal urge to #selife? I took this today:

 

woman holding selfie

Here’s a selfie of me holding a selfie of me. The 1994 version is printed on resin paper by me, from film shot by me and developed by me. Note use of mirrors and SLR and a tripod.


 
I’ve taken a lot of selfies in the past week, actually. I present them here in their variousness and their different deployments for your consideration. What work do these images do? How do they seek to represent me, what I look like, or who I am? What formal or narrative purposes do they share, or how do they diverge?
 
dog and cat sitting together on lap

I art-directed my husband to take this of the cat sitting on the dog’s face.

 

cat and dog sitting together on a lap

He didn’t like that I was blocking my own face (ON PURPOSE) in the first shot …

 

dog and cat sitting together on lap

… but I figured if you could see me looking so terrible I would make a deliberately terrible face. This went on Facebook.

 

two checklists

A selfie because my thumb and my knees are in it? My to-do list, admired and then imitated by my daughter. Shared on Facebook.

 

family eating dinner

Trying to celebrate our first night in our temporary house. Not shared. Seriously: look at this. Yuck.

 

headshot making skeptical face

Text from husband: “You better be getting ready for me to pick you up and not make me wait in the circle for 10 minutes!” Text from me: This picture, indicating, HOW DARE YOU! I’M ALREADY OUTSIDE.

 

headshot at the track

Text from husband: Where are you? Text from me: This picture [AT THE TRACK!]

 
 
head shot, short hair

Text from sister: Y U no answer phone? Used to haz sister … Text from me: this photo [GETTING MY HAIR DONE, OBVS! AM SO CUTE!]


 
How do you selfie? What work do your images perform for you or others?

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About aimeemorrison

I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. I teach new media theory and practice, and the history and theory of media. My current research project is Deciphering Digital Life Writing, on online auto/biographical practice.

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