2015: YEAR IN SELFIES

This year, no doubt, took the cake for incessant, gratuitous selfie-taking, taking selfies next to other people also taking selfies, photographing people while they selfie and feeling totally clever and art and real and meta. Kim Kardashian published a real actual legit hardcover book, Selfish, just filled with pictures she's taken of herself; my mom now has discovered it and takes every opportunity to selfie; people left and right are becoming famous on twitter / tumblr / instagram / pinterest / whatever based on their selfie work (although a quick Google search will show the intrigue of self-portraiture since the beginning of recorded art, leading perhaps to a trip down a Google hole of artistic narcissism); I'm estimating I took somewhere between 500~700 selfies this year (but that's just me being modest). Here, let me share some of my ~work~ with you. 

 

 

 

 


JANUARY

I deleted all the pictures from my iPhoto when I upgraded my organization to LightRoom in September, partly because it's more high end and effective, partly because Jan-August were just awful and I didn't care to back up my personal photos. Besides, I can find most pics on facebook. According to FB, this is my first selfie of 2015, taken after midnight on 1/1:

and this is the second, taken the morning after:

the caption for this on fb was "why was i born?" ... yeah idk either

the caption for this on fb was "why was i born?" ... yeah idk either

road trip selfie shooting the Bedroom Witch "Moth Whispers" music video in SF

road trip selfie shooting the Bedroom Witch "Moth Whispers" music video in SF

out with my girls Tiff and Heather~

out with my girls Tiff and Heather~

tower of selfie power

tower of selfie power

Brandon sneakin a selfie on my phone

Brandon sneakin a selfie on my phone

a selfie with Brandon on an iPhone 6

a selfie with Brandon on an iPhone 6

this image of me featuring sunglasses, a Canon camera strap, and DTLA rooftop shows that I am a very important photographer (this is also my instagram prof pic so if you have not done yourself the favor of following me on IG, get over there asap and come back here when you have liked at least 7 of my deadly selfies)

this image of me featuring sunglasses, a Canon camera strap, and DTLA rooftop shows that I am a very important photographer (this is also my instagram prof pic so if you have not done yourself the favor of following me on IG, get over there asap and come back here when you have liked at least 7 of my deadly selfies)

important and unbeatable fashion photography (Vogue Italia and Architectural Digest will have to fight over this one... really all about that fine minimal chair)

important and unbeatable fashion photography (Vogue Italia and Architectural Digest will have to fight over this one... really all about that fine minimal chair)

 

FEBRUARY

February 14th is of course Nastya Valentine's Day, so I try to give back to the community. 

In February I #officially disbanded Red Stripe and started making music as Death Valentine. 

this PhotoBooth was taken right before I ~made the fb announcement~ at Sep's house: we were drinking wine, talking about concept albums, and editing tracks 

this PhotoBooth was taken right before I ~made the fb announcement~ at Sep's house: we were drinking wine, talking about concept albums, and editing tracks 

this was taken the night before, following a beach meditation 

this was taken the night before, following a beach meditation 

Carlos looking prim af

Carlos looking prim af

BUT DADDY WHY IS EVERYONE AT THE PARTY MAKING ME CRY!!!!!!!!!!! 

BUT DADDY WHY IS EVERYONE AT THE PARTY MAKING ME CRY!!!!!!!!!!! 

Sofia & I backstage at FFAK. TUCK YEAH!!

Sofia & I backstage at FFAK. TUCK YEAH!!

at gym bar in weho w/ my best b*!!*tches a few days before i left for austin

at gym bar in weho w/ my best b*!!*tches a few days before i left for austin

MARCH

In March, I went on tour with Suntundra Moon through the American South and swung by SXSW on the way back to LA. More cities + more people = more selfies. 

practicing my kanye vibes at lax

practicing my kanye vibes at lax

distraught in aus after they lost & found my luggage 50 hrs no sleep bye

distraught in aus after they lost & found my luggage 50 hrs no sleep bye

new orleans 

new orleans 

austin : pre-sxsw

austin : pre-sxsw

ATL

ATL

austin: sxsw

austin: sxsw

 lost my voice and dignity at sxsw and had to communicate via notebook or stephen hawking-modding my laptop

 lost my voice and dignity at sxsw and had to communicate via notebook or stephen hawking-modding my laptop

back home & employed, bout to cut another record with my band eurythmics  

back home & employed, bout to cut another record with my band eurythmics  

perfecting my kanye vibes........ #sanctified 

perfecting my kanye vibes........ #sanctified 

APRIL

Post-tour selfies. I think I took the most selfies in April. In March I pointed my lens at everything but myself and missed that introspection/instant gratification. 

print on the wall by mj katz

print on the wall by mj katz

my old bizcards, rip.... they went everywhere.

my old bizcards, rip.... they went everywhere.

i even wore them as a bra

i even wore them as a bra

making greens & connecting with nature 

making greens & connecting with nature 

parker ito selfie art~

parker ito selfie art~

money talk, you aint got none, end of discussion 

money talk, you aint got none, end of discussion 

damn taking all those selfies made me tired

damn taking all those selfies made me tired

 

MAY

I didn't take many selfies in May due to my depression, but here are a couple of gems. That's right, besides not sleeping and not eating and not getting out of bed, sadness also makes you not selfie (lack of motivation to do activities normally enjoyed). 

does self timer count as a selfie? i'd argue hell yeah, it adds so much more dimension and intention to the selfie aesthetic 

does self timer count as a selfie? i'd argue hell yeah, it adds so much more dimension and intention to the selfie aesthetic 

these are from the "Happy Getaways" music video which I ironically dropped after a few hours of work because my depressing industry affiliate told me to stop following my heart and that my artwork was shit and i have a zero percent chance of success. looking back, i can't believe i believed that shit. i was so far gone in my vulnerability and desperation for 'industry money and credit' that i had lost the whole point of death valentine (or whatever moniker i'll continue performing music under) altogether, one without dollar signs on top of my head and signing contracts in metaphorical blood. i had lost the very enjoyment of creating art and it was extremely hard to get it back. once i've crossed over again, i'm not the same creative entity, but i like to think that it's a better me, like a glorious phoenix rising from a pile of burning money. death valentine resurrected, again and again. 

these are from the "Happy Getaways" music video which I ironically dropped after a few hours of work because my depressing industry affiliate told me to stop following my heart and that my artwork was shit and i have a zero percent chance of success. looking back, i can't believe i believed that shit. i was so far gone in my vulnerability and desperation for 'industry money and credit' that i had lost the whole point of death valentine (or whatever moniker i'll continue performing music under) altogether, one without dollar signs on top of my head and signing contracts in metaphorical blood. i had lost the very enjoyment of creating art and it was extremely hard to get it back. once i've crossed over again, i'm not the same creative entity, but i like to think that it's a better me, like a glorious phoenix rising from a pile of burning money. death valentine resurrected, again and again. 

 went to las vegas for a shoot but really for the day drinking 

 went to las vegas for a shoot but really for the day drinking 

blondes r cool but brunettes r hot ;(

blondes r cool but brunettes r hot ;(

some film shooting event, the only cool part was that all of the camera crew were girls

some film shooting event, the only cool part was that all of the camera crew were girls

singing my depressing salvia plath/conor no~berst poetry

singing my depressing salvia plath/conor no~berst poetry

JUNE

Another slow month. How the bags under my eyes glimmer like they belong in the Louis Vuitton F/W Collection. 

when destiny calls, pick up pick up!

when destiny calls, pick up pick up!

yassssss josh visited LA!

yassssss josh visited LA!

sarah visited LA!!

sarah visited LA!!

i only wear hair that matches my immediate environment #thefuture

i only wear hair that matches my immediate environment #thefuture

a highlight for sure was shooting with Luna & Andrew at Mustang Motel and that heart shaped hot tub!!

a highlight for sure was shooting with Luna & Andrew at Mustang Motel and that heart shaped hot tub!!

JULY

It's summer(time sadness)! One of my favorite selfies is from this "Bring Your Sylvia Plath to the beach" day.

literally screaming

literally screaming

literally not screaming

literally not screaming

International selfies: I rocked out on that iPhone 6 camera during a commission in Russia. 

And on my Canon 7D in a Moscow hotel room. 

And on my Canon 7D again at my grandma's house with her succulents. 

AUGUST

This is going to get a separate post, but here are a few chiropractor selfies after my car accident, documenting the boredom and the hurting.

If I could have taken a selfie in the MRI machine, believe me, I would have. I'll settle for a round of selfies with my heavily layered collage series "Narrative of Manipulation", for a group exhibition, Heartletting at Heart of Art Gallery.  

Evan and Julia visited LA!!!!! #wavepa!

Evan and Julia visited LA!!!!! #wavepa!

earrings by marina fini

earrings by marina fini

my early instagram work

my early instagram work

 

SEPTEMBER

-excusing myself from this month because I was sick for most of it, longer post about chiropractor selfies and the adjacent epiphanies to follow-

OCTOBER

Halloween totally came and went this year, but selfies are forever. 

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NOVEMBER

Birthday selfies. At this point in the post, I want to punch a hole in the wall if I have to write the word 'selfie' again. 

don't worry it's a #filter

don't worry it's a #filter

self-ie timer

self-ie timer

selfie life = sentient life

selfie life = sentient life

 

 

DECEMBER

Are you getting sick of my face yet? Cause i'm only getting started 👻