You can’t go anywhere in public without seeing people taking selfies. Or maybe you can’t go anywhere without taking a selfie yourself! (I hope not.) Ever since smartphones gave all of us cameras in our pockets, we’ve been living in the Age of the Selfie. People just can’t seem to enjoy an activity or a sight without taking a picture of themselves in front of it.
But one artist isn’t taking our selfie-obsession lying down. Well…technically she is lying down, but in a form of protest. Her name is Stephanie Leigh Rose, and she’s the inventor of the “anti-selfie,” or “stefdie”, a kind of selfie where you lie down in a public space pretending to be dead. In other words, it’s a bit like planking, but a little more morbid, and a lot more satirical.
According to her website, modern photography, and especially selfie-taking, has drifted away from photography’s original purpose, which was to document a “captured moment in time.” When looking at her “stefdies,” Rose encourages you not to focus so much on the death aspect, but on life. By reminding you of your own mortality, Rose hopes to inspire you to live life to the fullest.
The result is a series of funny, bizarre images perfect for anyone who’s experienced Selfie Overload. So the next time you visit a popular location like a national park, why don’t you just drop dead..and then take a stefdie!
1. Dead at the Golden Gate Bridge
2. Washed up at Amalfi Beach
3. About to become goat food.
4. Dead at the Louvre
5. A picturesque drowning.
6. Bored to Death
7. Cinderella gets Stefdied.
8. Should’ve passed on the “Death by Chocolate.”
9. The 26th mile is a real killer. (Paris marathon.)
10. Killing the vibe at a wedding.
11. Dead at the Eiffel Tower
12. Dead in a ditch. (Actually the South Platte River trail.)
13. She shouldn’t have set foot on a clown’s turf.
14. Death of the party. (At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.)
15. When they say “suffer for your art,” I’m not sure they mean this…