Most of the people today make all their traveling about Instagram. Every place they visit, they put themselves in the picture trying to look nice, upload it on social media, the get likes and comments mostly about their looks, and the background remains a background.
Stephanie Leigh Rose has found a way to document her travels in a different perspective, trying to keep her content all about the historical sites she’s visiting. The way she’s doing that is by “dying” at these famous landmarks. You can check below her traveling pics which are strangely hilarious.
“The entire point of STEFDIES, is that the viewer is allowed to participate in the image-, whether that is by imagining the circumstances of the surrounding image, or in recreating the STEFDIES pose in their own cool photos,” says Stephanie.
A STEFDIES photo is a moment in time. There is no preparation; Stephanie doesn’t set anything up or use props, the photo ideas are as real as it gets. “All STEFDIES images occur spontaneously in my daily life,” the artist said
#1 Stefdies In Corsica Fountain / La Course
#2 Stefdies At Myrtos Beach
#3 Stefdies At Brunate Lighthouse
#4 Stefdies With Brexit
#5 Stefdies Near The Golden Gate Bridge
“For me as an artist and individual, I push myself to take these photos (in the most uncomfortable of situations) as it allows me to participate in capturing a moment in time physically as well as mentally and emotionally. I have to totally commit to being ‘in the moment’ to get that one shot.”
What’s crazy is that this level of mindfulness allows Stephanie to remember each and every STEFDIES shot she has even taken. Who she was with, what she saw and experienced. All of it. “I have to take myself out of my one head and get into the moment. Believe me, it’s really hard not to be present when you are face down eating dirt, and could be tempted at any time.”
#6 Stefdies In Monopoli
“I want to keep producing images that stir the imagination and produce joy for the viewer. I also want to continue to produce photos that are all age appropriate, and inclusive. For example, many school groups follow the STEFDIES series, as they considerate a good tool to teach young adults there are alternatives to the perfectionism of selfies and online culture.”
“STEFDIES welcomes everyone to participate, and doesn’t care about about status or perfection,” Stephanie explained. “I hope that STEFDIES promotes the idea of ‘everyone is prefect exactly how they are, and not a damn thing has to be changed.'”
#7 Stefdies At Notre Dame
#8 Stefdies At Kötlujökull Glacier
#9 Stefdies With Friends At Her Art Exhibit
And since the artist doesn’t set anything up, a lot of strangers ‘participate’ in STEFDIES. But the way they feel about it differs from place to place. “It really depends on the city [and] culture where I take the shot,” Stephanie said. “In Paris, for example, no one even noticed as they just assumed I was a crazy artist. Which I really liked, as it allowed me to run around the city and get these amazing shots. I do sort of worry though if anything actually did happen to me, if anyone would help? There have only been about 5 times in all the years I’ve done STEFDIES, that people came over to ask if I was OK.”
#10 Stefides At La Tour Eiffel
And if you want to join the movement, it’s not that complicated. “Just have fun, and commit to the process!” Stephanie said. “Don’t be afraid to look silly, and remember to be safe. Many don’t actually get the pose correct, as it requires the face to be completely flat on the ground (not to the side) but most people don’t like their mouth touching the disgusting items on the ground … and rightfully so” The artist said you shouldn’t wait for the perfect time or the perfect shot. “Just be yourself and that is good enough, and at the end of the day, incredibly interesting.”
#11 Stefdies At The San Diego Zoo Petting Park
#12 Stefdies Wishing You A Merry Christmas!
#13 Stefdies In Cueva Grande
#14 Stefdies On The Clown’s Turf In Rome
#15 Stefdies In Borough Market
#16 Stefdies In The South Platte River Trail
#17 Stefdies On Amalfi Beach
#18 Stefdies At Tuileries Garden
#19 Stefdies On The Side Of The Road
#20 Stefdies Under The Big Cat In Arles
#21 Stefdies After Paragliding
#22 Stefdies On Cliffs In Sardinia
#23 Stefdies At Dum Dums Donutterie.
#24 Stefdies In Front Of Cinderella
#25 Stefdies At/During The Paris Marathon
#26 Stefdies While Pushing Her Friend In A Wheelchair
#27 Stefdies At Seven Sisters
#28 Stefdies In Orlando, Florida
#29 Stefdies With Popeye And Poses
#30 Stefdies In Lille