· Updated on May 29, 2018

If photography of the 19th century has given eternity to the image, the practice of taking a selfie has given modern day narcissists the opportunity to look eternally cool and living a life for all their peers to envy. And for a little history lesson, the word ‘narcissist’ is born from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a vain youth so into himself that he couldn’t stop staring at his own reflection in a pond.

The Narcissus of today is still undoubtedly in love with himself, but as photographer Luca Guarini describes in regards to his photo essay, “But he left the forest and became astute, deciding to flirt with his own image reflected in the eyes of his loyal voyeur to whom he always leaves the entrance.”

So keep looking and wishing you had his looks and his life. That’s exactly what he wants.

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