When “normal” people visit famous landmarks these days, they commonly pull out their phones and snap a selfie to keep as a memory of being there. Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose does something different: she shoots “anti-selfies” of herself “dying.”
Rose says the project, titled STEFDIES, is a photographic performance art series.
“STEFDIES is a photographic performance art series that chronicles a life,” Rose writes. “Each photo is an ‘anti-selfie’ that strives to get back to the roots of what a photograph was intended to be: a captured moment in time.”
Rose says that each photo is spontaneous without advance planning and preparation.
“No special equipment, lighting, or conditions are met,” Rose says. “I (the artist) go about my normal day, and if there happens to be a moment or a place I happen to find particularly provoking, I will take a STEFDIES photo. That is the beauty of this series, each photo is just a blip in a day. Nothing less, nothing more.”
“It is the truest sense of what I believe photographs should be: tangible physical proof that ‘I was here,'” Rose says.