In the self-portrait, the artist is, perhaps romantically, expected to display his or her most profound understanding of psychology, wisdom, hope, and despair. The proliferation of digital cameras, either aimed at mirrors or with the lens pointed backward, has recently overlaid the "selfie" on this antique genre.
Yes, Facebook has its haters. Got that. Teens and Millennials have all but abandoned Zuckerberg's social project for the shiny new Snapchats and Instagrams of the world. But let's be honest... some of us are still on it. You're probably even reading this right now on your news feed, right? It's the guilty pleasure that we love to hate.
The Prospectives, written by Adam Hurly, follows a gay man making his way in New York City. Hurly is garnering attention not only because he's telling a great story but because of the platform he's using to tell it: Instagram. Every week a new part of this serial unfolds, paired with an illustration by Sam Kalda. I sat down with Hurly to talk about this exciting project.