Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) Karl Lagerfeld let the world know what he thought about the #selfie. The full quote is as follows:

Those social networks, there’s something sad about them. Is it because they don’t have enough knowledge about friends and people? I don’t understand it. It’s like a talkative mirror where people talk to themselves. And what I hate most in life is selfies.”

Well Mr. Lagerfeld, I couldn’t agree with you more. Personally, the whole selfie thing is not for me and to be honest, I hate when people post selfie after selfie. I turned on the TV the other day to find the Kardashians in Thailand. There were fireworks and fire eaters and Kim’s reaction was that she got a good selfie with the fireworks and then went to bed. Is this the world we live in? We don’t live in the moment but instead think about how to show everyone what you are doing? Don’t get me wrong, I love to see who you are and what you look like now, especially since most of my friends are scattered across the globe, but please keep them to a minimal and truly live your life. After all you only live once and in the end, no one really cares if you saw the fireworks that one time.

In an episode of OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday” with Rainn Wilson, he said the above quote. “Being a creator is the biggest testament to the ultimate creator, God” he continued. I found the idea that art and prayer are the same was beautiful. Being able to create incredible art both reality and the abstract collide to produce a platform for creation. When I feel I’m producing something great, I find that something comes over me and this platform appears. I will never desert the gift to create and I always encourage everyone to experience the process of creation and just create something, anything.

After a month in Portugal I was able to become inspired again by a new culture and new ideas. After another 2 months of doing nothing but doing exactly what I want to do when I want to do it has been such a luxury. I have managed to reconnect to who I am and what makes me me. After what feels like a term that was not my best I have been able to process what happened and most importantly why it happened. Though life may be tough and things don’t always go your way there is always a reason. The last 6 months of my life I feel I have grown hugely. I realized death is a reality that we all must share and will eventually come unexpectedly. I appreciate not only the world as a whole but the small things, like the feeling of cold water when you drink it when you’re hot. Life is beautiful and I know I am cherishing every second.

Top 5 People I Follow on Instagram

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Andre Saraiva (baronandre)

If anyone follows me on Instagram (marconieferonline) they would know I visited the Andre exhibition in Lisbon from the mass upload of pics while I was there. I had already been following him for quite a while but I had never really noticed how wonderful his instagram is. He manages to keep me updated on L’Officiel Homme which is fast becoming my favorite magazine, I get to look at where Mr. A is next all whilst uploading photos from his daily life. What more could a person want? and it doesn’t hurt that he’s a total babe.

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Hunter and Gatti (hunterandgatti)

I discovered Hunter and Gatti through another instagram account which I can’t remember who but they are an creative duo from by Cristian Borillo and Martin Cespedes in New York and their stuff is kinda rocking my world at the moment. I love their aesthetic and they are fast becoming huge inspirations of mine in nearly all the work I do. Don’t worry Warhol and McQueen are still the almighty kings but a few more can’t hurt.

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Nick Knight (showstudio_nick_knight)

Another incredible creative force, Nick Knight needs to introduction. If you need one just google and thank me for introducing him to you. I have 2 main loves about his Instagram. Firstly, his photos of the roses he grows himself are amazing. Secondly, every photo he uploads is an artwork itself. I strive to do that as well with my account. If you’re looking for beauty on your Instagram feed then this man is for you.

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Beyonce (Beyonce)

What list is complete with out Beyonce. Lets face it. Beyonce is Queen of the Universe and everything she does is perfect and we shouldn’t fight it so her she is. Love her account for the street style if you can call it that. Feel like with Beyonce the term “street style” doesn’t work. Something more like “queen fashion” makes more sense.

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Shaina Michelle (rizzoh)

This wonderful woman is a dear friend of mine and at the same time a huge pain in the ass. I love her like crazy but this bitch takes any photo and she looks 1 million times better than I would even if I tried for 5 hours. Not only should you follow Shaina on Instagram but she also has a blog that again, makes me green with envy. I don’t know how much more I can praise the amazing person so just hit the follow buttton and follow her blog here.

I was scrolling the net when I came across these brooches that were featured in Valentino’s SS15 collection. Some how I missed them and these could be my favorite thing in the whole season of all the designers. Style.com quoted the muses for this collection as “Pasolini, Picasso, Cocteau, Kerouac”. You can see the connection and I am completely in love with them. Some look like slightly abstracted Arabic words. Not only do I want the brooches I want quite a lot from this collection, especially the butterfly embroidered dark green blazer! I was scrolling the net when I came across these brooches that were featured in Valentino’s SS15 collection. Some how I missed them and these could be my favorite thing in the whole season of all the designers. Style.com quoted the muses for this collection as “Pasolini, Picasso, Cocteau, Kerouac”. You can see the connection and I am completely in love with them. Some look like slightly abstracted Arabic words. Not only do I want the brooches I want quite a lot from this collection, especially the butterfly embroidered dark green blazer! I was scrolling the net when I came across these brooches that were featured in Valentino’s SS15 collection. Some how I missed them and these could be my favorite thing in the whole season of all the designers. Style.com quoted the muses for this collection as “Pasolini, Picasso, Cocteau, Kerouac”. You can see the connection and I am completely in love with them. Some look like slightly abstracted Arabic words. Not only do I want the brooches I want quite a lot from this collection, especially the butterfly embroidered dark green blazer! I was scrolling the net when I came across these brooches that were featured in Valentino’s SS15 collection. Some how I missed them and these could be my favorite thing in the whole season of all the designers. Style.com quoted the muses for this collection as “Pasolini, Picasso, Cocteau, Kerouac”. You can see the connection and I am completely in love with them. Some look like slightly abstracted Arabic words. Not only do I want the brooches I want quite a lot from this collection, especially the butterfly embroidered dark green blazer!

I was scrolling the net when I came across these brooches that were featured in Valentino’s SS15 collection. Some how I missed them and these could be my favorite thing in the whole season of all the designers. Style.com quoted the muses for this collection as “Pasolini, Picasso, Cocteau, Kerouac”. You can see the connection and I am completely in love with them. Some look like slightly abstracted Arabic words. Not only do I want the brooches I want quite a lot from this collection, especially the butterfly embroidered dark green blazer!

My proposed Dazed iDent

The theme for my collection of work is ‘communication’. My ‘Dazed Digital’ iDent deals with the method of communication of speech. Speech is the vocalized form of human language. In order to create the sounds we know as speech the tongue, lips, jaw and other speech organs work in unison. This is shown through the footage of the model saying “Dazed”. The reasoning for the red and purple tint is due to color symbolism. The history of languages reveals that red is the first color after black and white. All languages have words for black and white. If a third hue exists, it is red. The purple is used because in Mediterranean history, purple was reserved for emperors and popes. The Japanese christened it “Imperial Purple”. Purple is now a color worn by all and the same goes for fashion. Fashion is now something that people of all social classes are able to experiment with. The audio is an altered vocal of the model. The change is pitch due to the fact that lower pitches are easier for the human ear to hear. This is why the bass singer is easier to hear than the soprano. This altered audio is turned into a visual object by transforming it into a sound wave. The sound wave is the same color as the logo. The feeling of the iDent could be easily morphed into a darker, more ominous one or bright and cheerful one by the use of a white or black logo. For this reason, a white ‘Dazed’ logo was used. This in turn chose the color of the sound wave. The logo appears at the same point as the audio levels change due to the speech. ­

I was originally deciding between a photo from Alexander McQueen’s pre-fall 2014 menswear collection look book done by Alun Davies, a photo from Miles Aldridge’s 2009 Vogue Italia editorial entitled “Paramount” and a still from Andy Warhol’s Edie Sedgwick screen test. After last term I felt my work wasn’t truly mine and it was very difficult to complete. All my references felt forced and due to this I overworked my project. For this term, I wanted to go back to my usual typical self. I decided to go back to one of my biggest references, Andy Warhol. I chose the Warhol screen test. I have always been interested with the idea of a moving portrait. Not in terms of the moving portrait done by SHOWstudio of Henry Holland but having someone simply sit there and see if they have any twitches and how they act whilst being filmed in such a situation. I experimented with this on myself through Instagram. I created 15-second videos of me at the same time for a few days. No matter how I was dressed, I did the screen test. I chose this specific frame because I was drawn to the white dots over the image. Since I am very much influenced by the work of Andy Warhol, the dots were something I haven’t seen before but found that there are a few cases in which these dots appear. My initial thought for the image was that the dots look like braille. This idea of braille is the beginning of my project. It influenced my theme of communication, which is present throughout all three parts of this moving image project.

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