Portraiture is fiction, and we can choose to reveal ourselves, like Dorian Gray, in any form that we wish. According to Baudrillard, "We live everywhere already in an 'esthetic' hallucination of reality"

Mutability is the electronic portrait's stock in trade, and its very protean shape shifting fits our collective contemporary narcissism to a tee. We are no less enamored of ourselves than we ever were, but we prefer mirrors over which we can exercise control. Reflection is not enough, as if it ever were. Every age seeks its own perfected image; we require not a single ideal, but rather a consumer's choice, a supermarket of perfections.

Peter Lunenfeld