Social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are filled with some amazing, breathtaking pictures and selfies. Most people are used to looking at pictures that are amidst nature, or in front of famous monuments, or beside friends, or some crazy selfies. However, there is someone who has completely changed everyone's way of looking at her pictures and has left people hysterically awkward.
Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose had this bizarre idea of documenting her travel diaries that probably has left everyone shocked, as she poses 'dead' in all her pictures. "The entire point of STEFDIES, is that the viewer is allowed to participate in the image- whether that is by imagining the circumstances of the surrounding image, or in recreating the STEFDIES pose in their own photos."
Here's how she poses in her pictures:
1. While posing dead at Notre Dame, the artist believes that STEFDIES is her way of saying that you get just one chance to get that perfect shot, just like there are no retakes in real life, you just have one chance to make it worth it.
2. "Never perfect, as perfection is not what I aim for, but merely the reality of the situation in all of its imperfections," said the artist.
3. "For me as an artist and individual, I push myself to take these photos (in the most uncomfortable of situations) as it allows me to participate in capturing a moment in time physically as well as mentally and emotionally. I have to totally commit to being 'in the moment' to get that one shot."
4. "I have to take myself out of my one head and get into the moment. Believe me, it’s really hard not to be present when you are face down eating dirt, and could be tempted at any time."
5. "I want to keep producing images that stir the imagination and produce joy for the viewer."
6. "I also want to continue to produce photos that are all age appropriate, and inclusive. For example, many school groups follow the STEFDIES series, as they considerate a good tool to teach young adults there are alternatives to the perfectionism of selfies and online culture."
7. "STEFDIES welcomes everyone to participate, and doesn’t care about status or perfection."
8. Stephanie explained. "I hope that STEFDIES promotes the idea of 'everyone is perfect exactly how they are, and not a damn thing has to be changed.'"
9. "As I mentioned earlier, there are many attempts but not all photos come to fruition. I would say [I took] over 1000 different images, but [only] a few hundred useable ones, and out of that only a handful that make it out on social media."
10. "It really depends on the city [and] culture where I take the shot," Stephanie said. "In Paris, for example, no one even noticed as they just assumed I was a crazy artist. Which I really liked, as it allowed me to run around the city and get these amazing shots. I do sort of worry though if anything actually did happen to me, if anyone would help? There have only been about 5 times in all the years I’ve done STEFDIES, that people came over to ask if I was OK."
11. "STEFDIES has quite the following - as it should - they are super fun to do and always get a good laugh! We have a few hashtags people use - #stefdieswithme #stefdiesfan, etc. Many people will send me their interpretations of the STEFDIES pose, which I love!"
12. "Just have fun, and commit to the process!" Stephanie said. "Don't be afraid to look silly, and remember to be safe."
13. "Just be yourself and that is good enough, and at the end of the day, incredibly interesting."
14. No matter how weird it feels to look at these pictures, this new idea of posing for pictures has become the most talked about one, and people around the world are also trying the STEFDIES pose.