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Almost everyone knows what a selfie is and you may have taken a few of them yourself. Whether you’re just out in the mall or vacationing at some exotic location, a selfie is almost mandatory. But one artist is of the opinion that a selfie becomes all about you rather than the place you’re in and she wants to change that.
Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose has managed to devise a way to document where she’s been without taking away the viewer’s focus on the location itself. And she calls it STEFDIES.
“The entire point of STEFDIES is that the viewer is allowed to participate in the image-, whether that is by imagining the circumstances of the surrounding image, or in recreating the STEFDIES pose in their own photos,” Stephanie explained.
“My long hair (and swimsuit in selected photos) would allude to the fact I am a female, but outside of a viewer coming to one of my gallery shows and meeting me personally, I prefer to keep STEFDIES neutral and free of age, nationality, politic, socioeconomic status.
STEFDIES is a character of its own, and I invite people to connect with that and interpret the scenes as they wish.Part of the joy and humor of STEFDIES is no-one knows exactly what the hell is going on, and that’s pretty much a direct reflection of real life in general.
And since a STEFDIES pic is supposed to capture a moment in time, everything is spontaneous with no prepping at all.“All STEFDIES images occur spontaneously in my daily life,” the artist said. “The images the viewer happens to see are the 25% of images that are usable.
This is why a STEFDIES image is the opposite of a selfie.A selfie has controlled conditions, specific lighting, makeup/hair/wardrobe, an agenda, and is focused on the individual personality- it is a contrived and manipulated image distorted to achieve the desired result.
STEFDIES is the polar opposite- I get one chance to get the shot if it doesn’t happen, c’est la vie.We have one life to live, and we don’t get re-dos- and I would like to think I try to capture that feeling, that fleeting sense of life and its impermanence, in my photos.
And it’s so easy to do.“Just have fun, and commit to the process!” Stephanie said. “Don’t be afraid to look silly, and remember to be safe. Many don’t actually get the pose correct, as it requires the face to be completely flat on the ground (not to the side) but most people don’t like their mouth touching the disgusting items on the ground … and rightfully so” She also emphasized that it’s not about the perfect shot or the perfect timing.
“Just be yourself and that is good enough, and at the end of the day, incredibly interesting.”
Check out some of her poses here:
1 – At Lille
2 – With Popeye
3 – At Orlando, Florida
4 – In front of Cinderella
5 – Beside her friend on a wheelchair
6 – Seven Sisters
7 – At the Paris Marathon
8 – At Dum Dums Donutterie
9 – Under the big cat in Arles
10 – At Amalfi Beach
11 – At the South Platte River Trail
12 – In Rome with a clown
13 – At Tuileries Garden
14 – At Borough Market
15 – Cueva Grande
16 – In front of Santa Claus
17 – La Tour Eiffel
18 – Kötlujökull Glacier
19 – Monopoli
20 – In front of Notre Dame
21 – Near Golden Gate Bridge
22 – At Brunate Lighthouse
23 – Corsica Fountain / La Course
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