Mike Mellia – A selfie a day keeps the doctor away
“A Selfie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” is an ongoing series of self-portraits that combines society’s technology-driven vanity with unusual references from advertising, culture, and art. In social media, the prototypical “selfie” usually lies at one of two extremes: either mundane normalcy or unbridled megalomania.
In this work I photograph myself and include captions that highlight the surreal, the banal, the duplicitous, or the exhibitionist aspects of photography that technology is encouraging. The projects is also a social experiment to see what my colleagues’ reactions would be when bombarded daily with pictures of myself accompanied by outrageously bragging claims like: “That one time I developed film using only my mind,” or “That one time I played backgammon in an old warehouse in Mongolia.”
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Mike Mellia is an American photographer whose allegorical imagery relates to larger conceptual ideas, telling stories through a painterly technique and creating cinematic compositions. Mellia’s signature style is a distinct aesthetic that combines an old-world sense of beauty with complex conceptual modern ideas. He has held several art exhibitions in NYC and his work has been commissioned by a variety of commercial clients. Mike Mellia graduated from Columbia University in 2002 and lives in New York City. View his entire portfolio at www.mikemellia.com.