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Jason Feifer has become a documentarian of inappropriate selfies.

In his Tumbler Selfies at Serious Places, one photo shows a boy giving a thumbs-up at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. In Selfies at Funerals, a boy snaps a picture of himself with his grandmother's coffin in the background.

The most recent installment of unfortunate selfies is Selfies With Homeless People, posted Monday.

In these photos, the subjects photograph themselves with homeless people sleeping in the background. In a few of the images, girls pose with a homeless man, some sticking out their tongues.

Some people have become upset with Feifer for what they see as celebrating these types of selfies, but he dismisses the criticism.

"Obviously I'm not celebrating it. I'm pointing it out," said Feifer, a senior editor at business magazine Fast Company who's posted the three Tumblr pages as a side project.

Feifer said Selfies With Homeless People shows the "most malice."

"These kids do deserve a public shaming," he said. "But the reason I did blur their names is a lot of them are kids, and when you stoke the righteous indignation of the Internet, it gets really ugly."

Feifer first got the idea to look into inappropriate selfies when he visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam last summer. He noticed that as people had their pictures taken next to the house's sign, there was a moment of awkwardness.

"The people were struggling with how to portray themselves," Feifer said. "It's clear they all recognized the gravity of the place, and they didn't want to disrespect it."

So Feifer wondered if there were photos where the significance of a place was, in fact, lost on the person being photographed. He searched keywords on Twitter, like "selfie" and "house fire" or "selfie" and "Auschwitz."

Sure enough, Feifer found examples -- many of them.

"There's something about the repetitiveness of it ... you see it happen over and over again, people who don't know each other and made the same decisions. You start having this larger discussion about what's motivating people to do this," Feifer said.

The reaction to the compilation of selfies has included outrage toward Millenials and, to a lesser degree, "how technology is ruining us," Feifer said.

But he said he doesn't agree with either of these sentiments.

Instead, Feifer points to a broader reminder he hopes the Tumblr pages convey: Social media is not a private space.

In one instance, Feifer said his use of a selfie on a Tumblr page led the person who took it to reconsider. Feifer updated the post showing a selfie taken outside the Holocaust Memorial Museum, saying the person who took it wrote him after seeing it: "I have to say you made me realize how much of an idiot I made myself look." He asked for his post to be taken down from Tumblr, which Feifer did not do but he did cover the boy's face in the photo.

"There's so much absurd, angry stuff on the Internet, and it's worth remembering that everybody can see this, so be more thoughtful," Feifer said.

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