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Ancient Statues Appear to Take Selfies at Ireland Art Gallery

Ancient Statues Appear to Take Selfies at Ireland Art Gallery
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A Reddit user creates a photo series using unique angles to make the art pieces seem like their own photographer

Leah Gonzalez
  • 20 august 2014

It doesn’t look like the selfie craze is going away any time soon since people are still constantly thinking up new ways of creating their own version or interpretation of a selfie.

A Reddit user who goes by the name “Jazus_ur_lookin_well” has made his own mark in the selfie phenomenon with a photo series that features greco-roman statues at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland. In this series, the statues appear as if they are taking their own selfies.

In the series of photos, Reddit user Jazus_ur_lookin_well used unique angles to make it look like the ancient sculptures were holding up the camera with outstretched arms and taking a photo of themselves. The user’s camera was carefully placed behind the hands of the statue to create the realistic-looking selfie shots.

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Despite the “strange looks” that the art gallery staff were giving him, he was able to create four statue selfies, each featuring a sculpture with an outstretched arm that was just perfect for creating selfie shots. The expressions on the faces of the sculptures made the selfie photos even more entertaining since selfies come hand in hand with a related phenomenon known as “selfie faces.”

The statue selfies photo series has since then gone viral and seems to have inspired other “statue selfies” from other Reddit users. The response to the first statue selfies led to the creation of an entire subreddit dedicated to statue selfies.

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User Jazus_ur_lookin_well hasn’t posted any new statue selfies on Reddit but he has created a website dedicated to his “statue selfie adventure.” He is also trying to get an Indiegogo campaign going in the hopes of raising funds for him to travel around Ireland and the UK to take more statue selfies. It’s unclear whether that campaign will fly since time will tell how long this particular selfie craze will last.

The statue selfie series shows people continuing the trend of mixing current digital and societal trends with antiquated artifacts. It’s all well and good as long as people mind the art when doing so.

Source: Reddit, Designboom

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