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My image shows a giant phone with an image of a vibrant selfie on it dominating the first half of the image. Out from the selfie are a pair of hands reaching over the same girl and blocking her mouth out and hiding her away. The black and white girl is standing passively with her hands folded in submission.

The image of the selfie shows a very vibrant and happy girl, she is colour-enhanced and has a warm hue. It is easy to tell that this image has been edited in order to improve the image.

The hands coming from the phone are silencing the same girl. Her mouth is covered and her body is blocked. It is meant to seem like the hands are trying to hide her way so that the selfie is made the ‘star attraction’ even though the selfie image is not reality, the girl is. She is in black and white to show that her offline personality and reality is not as vibrant as the online pictures posted.

In light of the article, the title says ‘selfie obsession’. An obsession is all-consuming, suffocating and almost like something beyond your control is gripping you. I intended the hands the convey this meaning.

The background is simple so that the attention is on the dominant image in the centre. The colours are black and white so that it is extremely obvious that although the selfie is vibrant, the reality is much darker.

Communication Objectives

My two themes earlier were

  1. Value/Self worth online
  2. Culture of self promotion/advertising

I feel I was able to communicate these two themes as the black and white image is silent and submissive meaning that she accepts that she is dull and boring and doesn’t wish her real personality to be online. The fact that she is not fighting the hands means that she is okay with the selfie hiding her away and values it more.

In terms of self promotion. The enhanced image and selfie itself shows that she is promoting an unrealistic version of her personality in the online world.

In addition to portraying these two themes, I was able to show the ‘evil’ behind selfies and show a possible futuristic/ behind the scenes idea of what is happening. I feel I was able to create a visually striking piece by making the ‘selfie’ almost like a villain figure targeting teenage girls.


Layer Masks

This is a non-destructive method of editing and allows me to cut out parts of an image without actually altering the original image.

Black and white Filter

I used this filter to make the girl look dull in contrast to the selfie image

Hue/Saturation/Colour Correction/Photo-filter

Increased the saturation of the image to make it look more vivid, I also gave it a warm hue and photo filter so that it would look like a very jovial scene. I increased the brightness and contrast to make the features stand out more.


I used different sizes and hardness of the brush in order to appropriately cut the images. For straight edges I was able to use the selection tool and for more irregular edges I used the paintbrush on the mask layer.


In order to make sure I composited the images well, I adjusted the opacity on the top layer so that could see what is underneath. This was useful in aligning images.

Viscom Theory


the images started with a bold selfie image and then narrowed to the image of a girl. The eye is drawn to the top and goes to the bottom of the image. This fits in perfectly with my communication objective as the person is first meant to see the happy selfie and then look at the real girl literally ‘behind’ the selfie. It is meant to display progressive rhythm moving downwards.

Assymetrical Balance:

The image is almost evenly distributed around the Y axis, the only component that isn’t balances are the arms, because if this, it creases visual tension. The uneasiness of the unbalanced hands translates into the meaning of the image as the hands are meant to be unsettling.


My Comments

  1. Hi there 🙂 I really like the angle you are going for and I feel using composition will be an effective tool with showing the two sides of the argument in your article. The only suggestion I have looking at your chosen visuals, is the lack of semiotics. In order to create balance you will need to be careful with the objects you choose in your final image so they communicate meaning without causing visual clutter. Because we are only allowed to use visuals, you images need to be very powerful.. for example an image of a person meditating on a rock on top of a lake with a reflection below fitting the same shape of the man but instead of a mirror image of the man meditating.. you use an image of perhaps a Chinese soldier in combat? it will contrast the two sides of the argument, incorporate balance and composition as well as communicate meaning. I hope that makes sense! if not just ask me in class 😀
  1. Hey Neriah 🙂 I think your idea is really really interesting because it goes beyond USA and attempts to convey that this is a near future for all developed countries. I agree with you research that masking would be key in achieving your specific visual ‘look’. I see a lot of missing of images to create a message especially using peoples faces. A suggestion would be perhaps to summarise the meaning of you image in 5 words so that all your image choices are deliberate and the message doesn’t get lost. Perhaps I could suggest “Corruption of the American dream”. If this was what you wanted to go for, immediately corruption will give you images of greed, maybe even literal rust, erosion, a dystopic future etc. Having a key message will keep redirecting your ideas and planning back to what you are trying to say 🙂 also remember that your image is assessed on how it summarises the article, so try not to veer to far from the ‘American dream’ concept.
  1. Hi Loretta 🙂 Great to see your communication objective being so clear! you really know what angle you want to take and how to get there. I really like your idea of raining oil. Something to consider, is how you feel that you need to incorporate a human or people into your image to show that they are being affected. I feel you need not place a full human into the image but can effectively use human body parts such as hands, eyes, feet etc. This way you have less to edit in photoshop and also you can link the human parts to a meaning through semiotics. For example, by showing a human lung being affected by oil you can communicate ideas regarding suffocation and breathing etc. Hope that helps 😀
  1. Hi James 🙂 you have chosen a really good article because it covers really deep themes (no pun intended :P). I think selecting a global warming theme is a great choice as you can easily choose images to convey your meaning (globe, flames, thermometer etc). Something to watch out for would be to show the idea of suffocation of the fish. Fish and sea creatures lack expression so you will have to show them suffering in a creative way… as sadistic as that sound lol. Perhaps your could use gestalt psychology? like in the film finding Nemo, the school of fish portrayed meaning through the way they were arranged. Just an idea, hope you found this comment helpful 🙂
  1. Hey Jaime 🙂 great work on getting this done so quickly and knowing what direction you want to go in right from the start. Your idea of using red will definitely draw the eye to the image and give very strong meaning. One thing to note is that the colour red also symbolises danger and warning, this could conflict with your idea that it spurs the appetite. The way you use red can swing the viewer perception either away. Thats my two cents 😛