Currently in Pre-Production
I am collecting and aggregating existing "selfie diaries" to contribute to a short film on the individual, collective, and social value of selfies. I define a "selfie diary" as a collection of selfies taken over time and in a sequential manner. So, a person takes a selfie every day for one year, and perhaps he uses this to chronicle some life event or change. She may be tracking changes in appearance as they correlate to shifting cultural trends, possibly narrating or otherwise commenting (through written reflection, or simply in the obvious imagistic evolutions) upon the resulting images and what they appear to say, want, do.
The short film I am working to craft will contribute to my current project, C'est Mwah! This project = my scholarly selfie book, which uses qualitative methods to examine rhetorics of self-(re)presentation as such practices have amped up in the era of smartphones and other digital devices for capturing, editing, and curating selfies and selfie diaries.
Previous Efforts (on hold due to constraints)
NOMO. As a 14 year Utah resident and non Mormon, I have experience living in a religious culture "from the outside." I was lucky to develop powerful friendships with many NOMO's (people who consider themselves No Longer Mormon; sometimes also known as FOMO's -- Formerly Mormons). At parties, over coffee, in hallway chats, and huddled together at festivals and other events, I heard amazing stories of courage and conflict as my NOMO friends told the stories of their decision to leave the church. I kept sensing powerful affects that troubled me. I couldn't help think that many of the conflicts might be resolved by distancing themselves from Utah, where the cultural resonance and physical presence of the church profoundly shapes daily (and nightly!) life. I wondered, "Why leave the church ... but not the state?"