Tim in the style of Françoise Nielly

The Ongoing Quest for a Fresh Selfie

Selfies. What a concept. A photo to represent our online presence. I think it’s ultimately kind of weird, frankly. But today the selfie is, well, a way of life for some people who seem obsessed with taking them. To each his/her own I suppose.

I must admit that I like seeing current photos of people I know, especially if I don’t get to see them very often in real life. But the poses. Ug. We have always posed. I love people just living themselves in real life and not stopping real life to pose. But, I’m weird that way.

Yesterday a friend of mine posted the coolest picture of himself, a selfie. It was unique, bold, vibrant, and abstract—obviously done with some photo filter app. His photo reminded me very much of the portrait work of the French artist, Françoise Nielly, which I love. I loved his selfie! People went crazy over it. Someone finally insisted he give up the name of the app. He did. I downloaded it.1

The first image I created was of Steve. You see it below. He used it as his Facebook profile shot. The photo is really a composite of two photos: one of him (I forget where it was shot) and one of the Golden Gate Bridge. I merged the two of them into one photo. I then used the newly discovered app to create his new photo. People loved it.

Steve in the style of Françoise Nielly
Steve in the style of Françoise Nielly

This morning I created one of me. I tried several different filters to get a sense for what they do. Since you have so many to choose from and each one takes up to 3 minutes to process, learning what they do is no easy task. Presented below are a few of them.

Tim in the Graffiti Style
Tim in the Graffiti Style

 

Tim in the style of Françoise Nielly
Tim in the style of Françoise Nielly

 

Tim in the Style of Picasso's Two Girls
Tim in the Style of Picasso’s Two Girls

 

Tim in the Style of Picasso II
Tim in the Style of Picasso II

 

Tim in the Style of Deus Vult
Tim in the Style of Deus Vult

  1. Dreamscope 

2 thoughts on “The Ongoing Quest for a Fresh Selfie”

    1. Pikazo is another great app. Very similar, in that you merge two photos to create one. However, with Pikazo, you chose the image to use for the styling. For example, I could take a selfie, and merge it with the Mona Lisa.

      http://www.pikazoapp.com/

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