Elad Ben Elul

Anthropology, Digital Life & Food

Operational sequence of iPhone self-portraits

This graph is a visual representation of an operational sequence, describing the process of taking a self-portrait snapshot using a smart phone camera. The findings are taken from an ethnography I conducted on how teenagers use their iPhones to take pictures of themselves as a technique for identity formation and expression. The goal was to examine whether the mechanical affordance of the device dictates the process or, alternatively, the social-cultural forces around it (Using Bruno Latour and Tim Ingold as key thinkers of each theory). Notice how issues of gender, sexuality, social class, digital culture and many more, are taking part in this mundane procedure, by appearing and disappearing in the graph. Notice the different grabbing techniques of boys and girls, when presenting the device in the mirror, and the use of social networks for the learning through imitation process. As there are a few different optional routes, some steps will repeat themselves.

*This is a presentation I did for a module I’m taking in UCL called ‘Transforming and creating the world- the anthropology of technology and techniques’.



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