Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:
If the selfie is the premier photographic genre of our age, then I name Shu Qi as its queen.
Are you all familiar with Shu Qi? She’s a Taiwanese model and actress best known in the West for her appearance opposite Jason Statham in the first “Transporter” film. But she’s also served as the muse for renowned arthouse director Hou Hsaio-hsien. In Hou’s 2001 “Millennium Mambo” Qi is framed as the embodiment of youth and freedom. The movie’s melancholy stems from Hou’s contemplation of the much younger actress; his camera often seems to be trying to reconcile his eroticized fascination with the shallow reality of her character’s day-to-day life. (It’s reminiscent of the way Godard looked at Anna Karina in the ’60s.)
But enough of that: The point of this post is to celebrate Qi’s talents as a selfie artiste. Below is a gallery of some of the selfies she’s posted on her public Facebook page, which you can “like” by clicking here. They run the gamut of common snapshot moods, from consumer-y self-satisfaction to semi-canned tourist excitement to the burnished ennui familiar from upscale architecture mags and old Antonioni movies. As you’ll no doubt notice, she’s also a master of the second most important photographic genre of our age — the look-at-what-I’m-about-to-eat food shot.
Which is your favorite?