Selfie or Cezanne?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how today’s selfies can be interpreted as a modern day oil painting, think self-portraits by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Frida Kahlo. This of course is not an idea of my own making, I first heard mention of this concept from Amir Baradaran in reference to his VR work on the Mona Lisa and most recently in a podcast about the new Museum of Selfies scheduled to open in Glendale CA, Winter 2018.

Instagram account of the Museum of Selfies

I’m a long-time follower of the instagram account of one of my favorite photographers, Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio. For over a year now, she has been living in Provence and creating the most amazing self portrait and still life series reminiscent of the Dutch masters.

Abraham Breughel, Fruit Still Life (1670s), oil on canvas Abraham Breughel, Fruit Still Life (1670s), oil on canvas

Diego Velázquez, The Lady with a Fan (1635), oil on canvas

Diego Velázquez, The Lady with a Fan (1635), oil on canvas “Instagram Goes Vermeer,” Food & Wine, January 2018.