03 October 2019
For centuries, humans have been documenting themselves. The first self portrait was painted in 1524, by Parmigianino. This set off a trend of self portraiture until now. This can be seen anywhere from paintings to selfies. Although its not as common to see in paintings, the advancements of technology. Aside from photographs and paintings, people have also kept written accounts and self documentation. The first known autobiography is Augustine’s Confessions. Writing Autobiographies and Diaries became a norm by the late eighteenth century. Self-representation has taken many forms since then, such as blogs, Instagram, and Facebook posts. Self-representation allows people to document themselves in any way they please.
While self documentation has evolved, people tend to all want the same outcome in the end: to portray themselves in a way that glorifies them. Online, we are able to “filter” or change the way they are seen by the world. Although this sometimes only applies to physical appearance of a photo, people often times only show the most optimal part of themselves online. Through self-documentation people oftentimes alter the way their character is portrayed.