- Publisher: Chimaera Publications
- Editor: Michael Pryor
- Available in: E-book
- ISBN: 9781922031921
- Published: March 4, 2020
Aurealis #128 features the stories:
- ‘Selfie’ from Kat Clay
- ‘Head Below Water’ from Azlïn Auckburally
- ‘Tezcatlipoca’ from Patrick Hurley
Plus top quality non-fiction from Gillian Polack, Matthew Harrison and Tim Hawken.
About the story
As well as being an author, I’m a landscape and travel photographer. Through the rise of social media, I’ve seen a huge increase in ‘influencer’ marketing in the travel industry – you know the type, beautiful, bikini clad women in exotic locations. And while some of these influencers are doing good with their work, I’ve read horror stories about people destroying the environment to get a single shot. I’ve turned up to once-empty landscape locations only to find them populated with people posing for selfies.
Added to this, my own fears about body image, body shame and vanity, and you have the horror story Selfie. In writing it, I wanted people to stop and think about what they’re posting to social media and what it says about their self-image. Are we being defined by our online persona, rather than ourselves? And how are our expectations of womanhood defined by what we see online?