“By looking at their lives and sharing their stories, students are asked to question our system of values. When we look at things from this perspective, we might ask ourselves: ‘Are we as important as we think?'”
“I know that someday I have to regain my ‘self’ and express it with brush and ink so that my calligraphy works can eventually become a mediated or alternative “selfie” of me, without me being present in the picture. It will be a long process, and I might not succeed.”
“Selfies seek an accurate depiction at a particular moment in time, and Velázquez’s canvas does the same thing. It is easy to see how the royal couple or the painter himself is the subject of this selfie, but the real subject is you, me… us.”
“Rather than seeing them as an expression of rampant individualism and selfishness, however, I think they seem to express a deep uncertainty of belonging, of future, of relationship, and of historical, personal, and social narrative.”
Senior Dillon Bechtol has had his fair share of international experiences; a summer at “Russian Boot Camp” and a run in with the Russian government and exploring Eastern Europe, Dillon is ready to take on his next challenge: the Peace Corps. Read on for the interview!
“I think the act of taking a selfie lends itself to a similar ‘plus sign’ analysis; it is the photographers’ desire to show what ‘+’ they identify with or of which collective groups he, she or they imagine themselves a part.”