Courtney Coles BFA Thesis Fall 2013

“This too shall pass” is a 60-page book of photographs and text that are inspired by the selfie. The photographs and text were made in response to the selfie, which is a self-portrait that one takes of oneself with the intent of publishing on a social media platform. These are essentially self-portraits that would not function online based on their content and formal choices. In the context of this book and the paper, social media is specifically Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook.

The idea of the book came to after how the idea of a carefully curated Internet persona that feeds into the idea of having the “perfect” life. After realizing that I have gone through some intense things this year, none of that lived on social media. Not only did I find it inappropriate to disrupt the pain-free life I’ve manicured for the online world, I found it necessary to respond to it by putting these images and subsequent texts from my diary into a book.

“this too shall pass” creates an intimate space, and by having photographs and text in a book, the viewer engages in my personal life off of social media. This book is much more intimate than walking up to an art object on the wall. I want the viewer to hold my feelings, hold my pain, touch my image and interact with me. A book also mimics a scrapbook, which is also tying into my use of snapshot photography.

My photographs would not be functional in a typical family photo album, so I have made my own.

Unattributed Album

Cory Denmark BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Qathi Hart BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Tiara Johnson BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Andrew Bardana BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Elizabeth Kerner BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Erin Fox BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Hill Hudson BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Gabi De Leon BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Elias Parise BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Mikola Accuardi BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Shannon Willis BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Anna Lee Larimore BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Daniel Mackin BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Johnny Ray Alt BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Laurel Cook BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Zack Dixon BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Jeffrey Harris BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Jonathan Gregg BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Erica Treadway BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Madelyn Freeman BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Erin Martinez BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Andrea De Leon BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Erika Ross BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Joe Noreen BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Kris Clouse BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Jiselle Crawford BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Tori Meader BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Micah Fischer BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Clinton Chambers BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Nicolo Gentile BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Austin Turley BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Courtney Coles BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Matthew Seely BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Ashley Cluver BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Catharine Hoch BFA Thesis Fall 2013

Frank Dineyazhe BFA Thesis Fall 2013