Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self

Social photography in female visual blogging

Sumin Zhao, Michele Zappavigna

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Abstract

Digital scrapbooks 'faithfully reproduce' the layout template and key visual elements of vintage scrapbooks, while mimicking the textured surfaces of embellishments through visual texture. Digital scrapbooks are both a product and a producer of the 'visualness' of Tumblr. The highly visual nature of Tumblr digital scrapbooks means that to achieve a cohesive texture as well as an authorial or curatorial voice, a blogger needs to rely largely on visual rather than verbal resources. A third semiotic resource for creating everyday aesthetics drawn upon in digital scrapbooking is the digital filter. Curators of Tumblr digital scrapbooks will often attempt to keep the ambience construed by a particular style of filter constant across their feed of posts to create a kind of aesthetic cohesion. Intimate objects are another key semiotic resource for creating everyday aesthetics. The curatorial practices are facilitated by platform technologies such as reposting, scrolling, and account linking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultimodality and Aesthetics
EditorsElise Seip Tønnessen, Frida Forsgren
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Publication date2019
Pages218-235
Chapter13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351592765
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesRoutledge Studies in Multimodality

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Everyday Aesthetics
Scrapbooks
Photography
Blogging
Resources
Filter
Texture
Curatorial Practice
Aesthetics
Ambience
Embellishment
Cohesion
Layout
Template

Keywords

  • Selfies
  • Tumblr
  • Social Photography
  • Aesthetics
  • Social Semiotics

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Zhao, S., & Zappavigna, M. (2019). Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self: Social photography in female visual blogging. In E. S. Tønnessen, & F. Forsgren (Eds.), Multimodality and Aesthetics (pp. 218-235). New York : Routledge. Routledge Studies in Multimodality https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315102665-13
Zhao, Sumin ; Zappavigna, Michele . / Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self : Social photography in female visual blogging. Multimodality and Aesthetics. editor / Elise Seip Tønnessen ; Frida Forsgren. New York : Routledge, 2019. pp. 218-235 (Routledge Studies in Multimodality).
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Zhao, S & Zappavigna, M 2019, Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self: Social photography in female visual blogging. in ES Tønnessen & F Forsgren (eds), Multimodality and Aesthetics. Routledge, New York , Routledge Studies in Multimodality, pp. 218-235. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315102665-13

Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self : Social photography in female visual blogging. / Zhao, Sumin; Zappavigna, Michele .

Multimodality and Aesthetics. ed. / Elise Seip Tønnessen; Frida Forsgren. New York : Routledge, 2019. p. 218-235 (Routledge Studies in Multimodality).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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Zhao S, Zappavigna M. Digital Scrapbooks, everyday aesthetics and the curatorial self: Social photography in female visual blogging. In Tønnessen ES, Forsgren F, editors, Multimodality and Aesthetics. New York : Routledge. 2019. p. 218-235. (Routledge Studies in Multimodality). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315102665-13