A Selfless Portrait for Your Profile 你在畫我嗎？臉書大頭照創作交換
by Daniel Howard
Would you let someone else draw your profile picture?
What do you have for your Facebook profile photo? Most people use their favorite selfie with just the right light and angle to show them at their best. It is meant to depict the side of your personality that you want the world to see. That's what everyone does. Now, would you replace that photo with a drawing done by a stranger? Selfless Portraits thinks that you—or at least some people—want to do something different with their social media identity.
你在臉書上放的大頭照是哪張照片？大多數人會用他們最喜歡的自拍照，以恰恰好的光線和角度來展現最好的自己。這個做法的本意是要展現你想讓全世界看見的個人性格。那是每個人都在做的事。現在，你會用一個陌生人所做的畫來取代你的那張照片嗎？「無私肖像」認為你 ── 或至少有些人 ── 會想用自己的社群媒體身分做點不一樣的事情。
Selfless Portraits is a start-up that connects Facebook users for a unique purpose: to draw each other's profile pictures. If you want to join in, you must first draw another person's portrait. You get 48 hours to finish the drawing, or the task is given to someone else. Once the image is finished, Selfless Portraits finds someone to draw your portrait, and so on. Most of the drawings are done by hand and then photographed with a smartphone, but some digital art appears on the platform as well. Users are encouraged to be creative with their drawings, so each person can bring a unique style to the profile portrait. Within the first two months, Selfless Portraits had more than 20,000 users from over 115 different countries. That includes everyone from average social media users to professional artists. But the whole point is that no one knows what kind of portrait they will receive and be forced to post as their profile picture.
The creators—artist Ivan Cash and creative director Jeff Greenspan—came up with the idea to help people on Facebook establish more meaningful connections. They felt that while it was easy to reach out to others on social media, most of the time those connections were not very deep. As creative people, they started Selfless Portraits as a way for everyone to bond by drawing each other. So far, they have inspired both friendships and works of art. Would you try it?
創始人 ── 藝術家伊凡．凱希及創意總監杰夫．格林斯潘 ── 提出了這個想法，幫助臉書上的人們建立更有意義的連結。他們覺得雖然在社群媒體上很容易與別人接觸，但大多數時候那些關係並不深刻。身為有創意的人，他們開始了「無私肖像」來作為大家藉由互畫彼此以連結在一塊的一種方式。到目前為止，他們啟迪了友誼也激發了藝術作品。你願意試試看嗎？