Do it your selfie

3 April 2014 #455

Cover Story: Do it your selfie

Ellen’s doing it with celebrities. Obama does it with politicians. Vincent van Gogh did it with paint. These days it’s all too easy to snap a selfie. But, is the self-focused trend just a newer take on an old phenomenon? Or is it rampant narcissism? Clementine Bastow puts our selfies in the frame. 

Thomas Caldwell takes on provocative director, Lars von Trier; Rod Taylor breaks the silence on hearing loss; Fiona Scott-Norman offers up the latest clucking instalment of her ‘Chook Lit’ series; Ricky French hits home with some backyard conspiracy theories; and, in ‘Roving Eye’, we look at portrait photography in the age of the selfie.

The star of this edition’s ‘Vendor Profile’ is Grant, from Canberra. And we have ‘Streetsheet’ contributions from Daniel K in Adelaide, Mark JW in Sydney, Sharon in Melbourne and James in Canberra. We also feature matchbox art by Stephen from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and wish The Big Issue’s Canberra branch a happy 10th birthday!

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