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Face-down on the pavement, limbs spread out like a tossed rag doll, STEFDIES aka Stephanie Leigh Rose paves the way — albeit limp and lifeless — towards the new selfie: the anti-selfie. The photographic performance art series “strives to get back to the roots of what a photograph was intended to be — a captured moment in time”. Without any premeditation or preparation, eschewing favorable lighting or optimal weather conditions, the artist simply seizes a moment and location that she finds particularly provoking, slumping her body down onto pavement, grass, rocks… anywhere within distance of a lovely landscape, monument or banal urban setting. The shots have that breezy, holiday vibe … there just happens to be a dead-ish body in the middle of it.

In the most morbid, humorous way possible, STEFDIES is a declaration of “I was here”. The series captivates because it’s so deliciously macabre, a refreshing breath of fresh air from the all the cloying selfies that plague us. Long live the selfie; the selfie is dead.

See more performances on the website and Instagram.

STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie
STEFDIES Anti-Selfie

Images © STEFDIES / with permission

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