Shy But Not Shy by photographer Eva Zar captures young people all over New York as they upload selfies to their social media accounts. Candid, fragile and flawed, the young photographer aims to communicate her interpretation of the word 'privacy', exploring the idea that we value virtual approval more than the private moment itself. Behind the scenes of trying to take the perfect selfie, Eva Zar's pictures capture a romantic way of seeing our relationships with social media.
"Staging ourselves on a daily basis on social media has become normal. We create the personalities we want to be. We curate pictures and videos of everyday moments that are not accurate to the reality of our daily routine. Every picture, every video, every caption has to be as perfect - a virtual oil painting. Our social media accounts have become our personal exhibition space — we are the artists, the curators, the technicians. We are the lights, the frames, the captions."
"In a time that we are told we’re never alone, we tend to believe that privacy vanishes from post to post. The intimacy of taking pictures of intimate moments disappears because we’re so focused on taking a picture for our audience and their reactions—hearts, likes, comments—that there is no space for natural, real life, raw moments."