A Selfie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away – by Mike Mellia

Mike Mellia

“That one time I beat up Clint Eastwood”

NYC-based photographer Mike Mellia shares his ongoing Instagram series, “A selfie a day keeps the doctor away,” examining the cross-section of technology, art, advertising, and pop culture.

“A Selfie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” is an ongoing series of self-portraits that combines society’s technology-driven vanity with unusual references from advertising, culture, and art. In social media, the prototypical “selfie” usually lies at one of two extremes: either mundane normalcy or unbridled megalomania.

In this work I photograph myself and include captions that highlight the surreal, the banal, the duplicitous, or the exhibitionist aspects of photography that technology is encouraging. The projects is also a social experiment to see what my colleagues’ reactions would be when bombarded daily with pictures of myself accompanied by outrageously bragging claims like: “That one time I developed film using only my mind,” or “That one time I played backgammon in an old warehouse in Mongolia.”

See more of Mike’s selfies on Instagram and more of his work on his website.

Mike Mellia

“That one time I played backgammon in an old warehouse in Mongolia”

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Mike Mellia

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