Ever since Murad Osmann’s photoset Follow Me – shots of his girlfriend holding his hands and leading/dragging him around the world – people have been obsessed with the idea of taking the same style of photos. Osmann’s photos are romantic not only because his girlfriend is the one ‘leading’ but also because she is taking him to beautiful locations around the world, and he is content to follow said girlfriend. It is like a woman’s wet dream. Many copycat photos have emerged since.
In terms of selfies, a photo taken in this manner is almost the anti-selfie-selfie, because you’re not taking the photo, someone else is taking it of you. This wonderful, loving person who is so in love with you, can’t help but take a photo of you while he/she is holding your hand, following you around. *le sigh*
But what if you’re alone? No one to hold your hand and cheekily snap a pic? No one to follow you? Well ladies and gents, the solution is here. The universe has birthed The Selfie Arm through artists Aric Snee and Justin Crowe. It is truly a gift to the lonely.
Behold its power to transform a lonely lady to someone with a loving arm in her life.
Speaking to Designboom, Snee and Crowe said they were fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, which is why they created the ‘selfie arm’. “A sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem – nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves – the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm… The collaborative project is a direct commentary on the growing selfie stick phenomenon, and the constant, gnawing need for narcissistic internet validation.”
If you’re always alone, no one will ever know that you’re carrying a selfie arm, so go ahead, create a fake account for it, and then use it to follow and like all your photos. Don’t worry, it has no emotion and never speaks back, but your followers will know that you have a loving presence in your life, carefully and lovingly documenting your life.
The ‘arm’ is made of fiberglass, is lightweight, portable and will fit most mobile phones.
Currently the ‘arm’ is only a prototype, but who knows, just like a the Belfie stick, it might just blow up on the Internet, with manufacturers clamoring over themselves to make cheaper versions of it in many different skin tones, so no one ever has to be alone again.