Scientistfound that people take selfies for reasons different from those the artistshave done either now or the past. They connected the selfies (Arata, 2015), (Briggs 2014), (Graham,2014), (Keating, 2014) to body image issues, narcissism (Singal, 2015),mental illness, addiction and suicide. In one case, a man diagnosed with bodydysmorphic disorder, became suicidal due to his addiction to taking selfies(The Huffington Post, 2014), (Savastio, 2014).
Conclusion Self-portraiture is not a simple act of taking a photo of the self, but there issomething deeper on it. In many cases contemporary photographers take selfportraits to express themselves and/ or for therapeutic reasons. This is inagreement with my own photographic practise. Inthe past, when I was in the early stage of depression or high levels of anxiety(but with counselling managed to overcome it before become depressed), I alsoused self portraiture as a therapeutic tool, and was taking a series of self-portraits wearing masks to cover my face and possibly re-discover myself.Looking back to it, I think it was also partially self- humiliation, with theworst example when I put myself in a rubbish bag and place me by the rubbishbin in the kitchen wearing a white mask. However, when I start feeling better Istart taking series of self-portraits with no masks and not so negativeconcepts. Now, I am not so often taking self- portraits but when I do so it ismore like a need to picture myself in that stage of my life, a need to expresshow I am feeling about that stage of my life.
Mostof the people do not think like me or the photographers/ artists for whichself- portraiture is and was a way to express themselves, their thought andfeelings. For most people, a “selfie” is a capturing of a moment, astatement of look to what I am doing, where and with whom, or a way of actingand sharing some fake moments for your “friends” to feel jealous ofyou, but not for the sake of art, just for the Ego part of the self.