A Selfie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away by Mike Mellia

The photographer's engaging new project that explores the current state of self-portraiture

The selfie can convey just about anything. Commonly now seen in the form of the “duck face,” or the boastful vacation shot—it’s not who we are, but how we’d like to be perceived. In that respect, the selfie apes the best of classical European portraiture. From King Henry VIII’s exaggerated calves to Denise from Ohio’s flattering Tinder angles, the self-portrait was and still is (at …

Mike Mellia’s American Dream

Barbie pink and psychiatric green in an exhibition on perfection and perversity

“I am interested in exploring a fine art approach to advertising, and an advertising approach to fine art,” says photographer Mike Mellia. His latest show, “The American Dream,” explores the poles of perfection and perversity in society at large. A series of portraits and still lifes, the images bear a likeness to Mellia’s other work in advertising. Glossy and glorified, the somber messaging falls even …