Woman’s Hate For Selfies Inspires Her To Photograph Herself ‘Dead’ All Around The World

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A performance artist takes funny anti-selfies by playing dead at famous landmarks.

It’s hard to remember a time without selfies. Like, what did we actually do with our idle time when we weren’t snapping it up for our next social media post? And don’t let a girl go on a trip! It’s pictures galore. You know we’ve gotta flex and prove to the world that we’re well traveled. (sarcasm here).

But in all seriousness, when most people are on vacation, they love to ‘pose for the camera. For artist Stephanie Leigh Rose, however, she’d rather DIE than take one.

No, really.


Stephanie created a site and Instagram account named STEFDIES and she explains the purpose of this platform:

“STEFDIES is a photographic performance art series that chronicles a life. 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.”

– Stephanie Leigh Rose, stefdies.com

Here are some of our favorite pictures of Stef…well, dying (sorta).

1. STEFDIES in Cenotes Dos Ojos

2. STEFDIES in Les Rencontres d’Arles

3. STEFDIES on Myrtos Beach

Stephanie shares that this series “provokes discussion on mortality, the function of photography, and stirs the imagination.” She explains how she goes about her day and if there is a particular place that she finds “provoking”, she’ll snap a picture in the moment. No fancy equipment or lights, just a simple photo that Stephanie describes as the “truest sense of what I believe photographs should be- tangible physical proof that “I was here“.

4. STEFDIES in United Kingdom

5. STEFDIES at Brunate Lighthouse

6. STEFDIES in the South Platte River trail (Denver, CO)


8. STEFDIES in front of Eiffel Tower

“All STEFDIES images occur spontaneously in my daily life. The images the viewer happens to see are the 25% of images that are useable. This is why a STEFDIES image is the opposite of a selfie. A selfie has controlled conditions, specific lighting, makeup/hair/wardrobe, an agenda, and is focused on the individual personality- it is a contrived and manipulated image distorted to achieve a desired result. STEFDIES is the polar opposite- I get one chance to get the shot, if it doesn’t happen, c’est la vie. We have one life to live, and we don’t get re-dos- and I would like to think I try to capture that feeling, that fleeting sense of life and its impermanence, in my photos,” the artist shared with Bored Panda.

9. STEFDIES in the Corsica fountain / La Course

10. STEFDIES at Walt Disney World

11. STEFDIES in front of the Golden Gate Bridge

12. STEFDIES at Dum Dums Donutterie (London)

13. STEFDIES at the Paris marathon

14. STEFDIES at the San Diego Zoo

15. STEFDIES in the Tuileries Garden

16. STEFDIES at the Wynn Las Vegas

17. STEFDIES at the Monopoli Cathedral

18. STEFDIES at the Kötlujökull glacier in Iceland

So creative yet slightly concerning all at the same time.

h/t Bored Panda

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