As he does so well, Jonathan Worth turns the expected a bit inside out with his latest, inspired, phonar nation project, Selfless Selfies. The project aims to raise awareness for the plight of children affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal disease lacking a cure.

What is a Selfless Selfie?

A campaign to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using photography, by taking a socially inclusive act, the selfie (everyone takes them), and pointing out how this is in fact socially exclusive for many in the DMD community (if you can’t hold a smart phone, let alone a camera, it’s not easy to make a selfie).

We have designed a simple portraiture activity that should be fun and informative for a young person to take. The idea is to make a photograph that says something about you, not just that shows what you look like.

The new site asks for people first to show their awareness by sharing in social media a photo showing the interlocking finger symbol shown in the site’s photos. Just do yours and tag it #SelflessDMD.

These then show up on the front of the site.

I decided to do my #SelflessDMD while traveling in Puerto Rico. I forgot to do it at one of the lovely beaches I was at, so you get me along highway 52 outside of Ponce.

#selflessDMD selfless selfies on the highway in Puerto Rico

A photo posted by Alan Levine (@cogdog) on

Of course the thing is, if you think about it, unless the vain or stick enabled selfie, it’s pretty hard to take a photo of yourself posing with both of your hands locked together. Typicaly, that means you need to ask someone for help.

Or, as I did it, set your camera on self timer, and preciously balance it on the back of a rental car, while the bridge you are standing on bobs up and down from the passing trucks.

Actually it does not matter how you do it, mostly that you do it. And then see more ways you can pledge support.

Learn more about it from Jonathan’s Ignite talk at DML 2015

Top / Featured Image: “Archive, George, and Isaac” from the Selfless Selfie site

The post "You Can’t Do A Selfless Selfie Alone" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog ( on October 21, 2015.

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