Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing To Us by Will Storr

Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing To Us by Will Storr

We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We're told that to be this person we just have to follow our dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success.

But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy. Unprecedented social pressure is leading to increases in depression and suicide. Where does this ideal come from? Why is it so powerful? Is there any way to break its spell?

To answer these questions, Selfie takes us from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, to the self-esteem evangelists of 1980s California, the rise of narcissism and the selfie generation, and right up to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we live now.

It tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately - our self.

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Paperdolls Handmade Summer Market

Paperdolls Handmade Summer Market

Event photography has always made me nervous. Whenever I think about shooting an event the first thing that goes through my mind is 'what if I mess things up?!' The reason why I wanted to photograph The Paperdolls Handmade event was purely because it is a market for creative folk, and since I have been working with designers and makers over the past year I knew I'd feel right at home. The other thing I loved was the venue. I've been to The Custard Factory a few times now and I always love the vibe there. It seems to be one of the central places of all things creative and solopreneurial in Birmingham, so this location was the perfect place for the market to take place. Looking back I'm really pleased that I went ahead and pushed myself out of my comfort zone because I'm very happy with the results, and to top it off everyone was so lovely to meet and speak to! A big thank you to Jo and Carolyn for allowing me to pop by :)

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