Daniels, Ellen – Photography
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PROJECT Play it cool

This project investigates how boys between the age of 12 and 14 present themselves in front of a camera. Puberty is of great influence on one’s self-image. The comparison between ‘this is who I am’ and ‘this is who I want to be’ remains a psychological process that is vividly present in teenagers, but not in primary school children for example. Recent estimations show that 99% of youngsters use some form of social media. They use it to develop their identity in which selfies play an important role. It allows them to direct their image towards the self-image they have and towards what image they want others to have of them. They gain absolute control over what representation of themselves they broadcast towards the outside world.

THESIS I was photographed, therefore I am: a study on photography’s role in the perception and presentation of the Self

I started my thesis with the question if a photo can play a part in the manifestation of someone’s self-image, especially with those suffering from a negative or constantly fluctuating self-image like someone with an eating-disorder. The discrepancies between image and thoughts made me wonder which part photographs play in the development of our self-image. We cannot imagine today that we would live in a world without mirrors or photos, something that was a reality 150 years ago. We need these in order to develop a current self-image of ourselves.

(BA) Photography

Daniels, Ellen

The Netherlands

0031 (0)6 4173 1430


Internship at Annette Behrens