Controversial Twitter DP’s

For my essay I decided the way forward was to research self posted controversial images on social networking sites rather then looking for artists work.

From what I have experienced these have been the strongest cases of how self-representation online can backfire.

Serena Williams

This was the Image posted by Serena Williams, which caused controversy.

A little pervocative perhaps but not worth debate, that is until you learn that before this image was posted Williams had imposed a restraining order on a 40 year old man for stalking her, some saw this image as inappropriate because of this, like she is almost teasing men, but others like me think that the problem lies within the viewer rather then Serena, if you see this image and think that gives any one the right to stalk and intimidate Serena then thats not fair on her. However, as a twitter user I am used to the concept that celebrities are normal people who now have the power over the press. If this image for example was published in a Lads mag or any magazine then I might feel differently but the fact Serena Williams took the image in a a private area and then shared it on her twitter makes the image more innocent. I guess everyone see’s the online world differently.

You can watch ABC news’ coverage of the story in this video…

For future reference…

there seems to be a reoccurring theme, profile pictures, it makes sense. I found this and thought it might be quite good for my essay if I ever need it. so just so i’ve got it somewhere safe.

taken from
Written by Steve Hofstetter

 “No facebook profile picture is perfect – but here are some of the most common ones and what they reveal about our personalities.

You and your significant other
You have lost your identity. You are no longer Becky and Dave. You’re now BeckyDave, a bizarre creature with two heads, one brain, and no friends. Seriously, unless the Facebook profile is for both of you, the picture should be of just you. Also, you’re afraid of being alone. The best part is, you’ll deny any of this is accurate, but only while talking to your significant other since all your friends have been bored by you for quite some time.

You, but a cartoon
Isn’t this hilarious? The only thing funnier than a cartoon of you is how low your self-esteem is.

You skinny, even though you’re fat in real life
How the world sees you is very important to you, but not as important as cake.

You, drunk
Either you are so shortsighted that you think getting a few laughsis more important than any job offer, or you’re too dumb to realizethat people actually do form opinions based on Facebook pictures.Either way, you have a bright future in retail. Make sure you learn tofold sleeves correctly.

A beautiful landscape
It’s kind of sad that the only nice picture taken of you is one you’re not in.

A different picture of you every day
You are the person that brings your camera to every party, lunch meeting and funeral. It’s enough – you take too many pictures, Actually, you’re not even the one taking any of the pictures, because you’re somehow in every picture taken with your own camera. If this were before digital, you’d have spent half your life developing everything “ except a personality. Next time, how about doing something boring and NOT documenting it?

You as a kid
“Look, I used to be cute, I promise!”

You with hot girls
Guys, putting up a picture of you with two hot girls will not make the other hot girls in your life run away any less frequently. Girls, stop trying to confuse potential boyfriends into thinking that you’re the other girl in the picture.

You, but a professional headshot
This works perfectly, as long as every moment in your life is also airbrushed and creatively lit.

You in a halloween costume
You’re very proud of the work you did to morph yourself into a cat or a nurse or a slutty Elvis. But getting attention for it one night of the year is simply not enough for you. Or 3 nights of the year, because you probably wore the costume more than once.

Your pet
Yes, your pet is adorable. But you need to realize that your friends don’t care about it nearly as much as you do. This is the equivalent of telling everyone how your fantasy football team did this weekend, or telling someone you don’t work with about office politics. They might listen to you, but only because no one better is speaking at the time.

You, but only half of you
Congratulations. A picture of you taken at the exact right angle and carefully photo-shopped looks kind of cute. But no one wants to fuck your eye. Well, I’m sure someone does, but they’re a pervert.

No picture
There could be many reasons for this:
1) You have not mastered the intricacies of uploading yet. It’s difficult to find the time, between watching General Hospital and making dinner for your grandchildren.
2) You are a conspiracy theorist concerned about your privacy. But for some reason you’re still on Facebook. Perhaps you just really love Farmville.
3) You really do look like a silhouette.
4) You are horrifically ugly.

You will know if you’re #4 if you have no picture and your only friends are relatives. “

The Mary Profile Picture Project

Caroline Jaine created this Project, it’s aim was to create a cross-faith project in which people named Mary would send a profile picture of themselves via social medias to Caroline Jaine and she would exhibit them. Watch the video to see more.

Background info – taken from website

“Last year I learned that Mary was not just a key figure in the Catholic faith, but that the same woman – Maryam – is important in Islam too.  She is the only woman to be named in the Qur’an – in fact she has a whole chapter named after her.   And she was of course Jewish.  Although I am neither a Catholic nor Muslim nor Jew, I am a peace-builder, and the role that Mary could play as a bridge between faiths immediately interested me.

 As a visual artist concerned with portraiture, I am intrigued by how Mary is visually depicted – essentially in Catholicism.  Her grace and femininity are frequently illustrated, but she is often shown to be fragile, with her head bowed and eyes cast down.  Mary is seen by the faiths as the embodiment of integrity, compassion and honesty but she is also a single mother and a refugee and I wonder whether her resilience could be better portrayed?  How might a modern day Mary look?

 Across the globe there must be millions of Mary’s, Maryams, Marias and Miryams.  All taking the name of Our Lady – a living proof that she lives on amongst us all in many faiths.

This project is about demonstrating the diversity in the living Mary today. And exploring whether there is a power in her feminine quality, which is visually under-represented.

 *In some interpretations (but by no means all) Islam rejects depictions of humans and animals in art – especially stories from the Qur’an.  It is for this reason that I seek photographic images rather than painted or drawn self-portraits.  The aim of this project is to unite, not divide. “