What Beauty Means Around The World, And More Of The Best Photography Of The Week

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Every week, we curate the best new photography and photojournalism on the web, so you can spend your weekend kicking back and enjoying some beautiful pictures. Here are this week’s picks:

Borderline Surreal Images Celebrate Waning Summer Days On Greek Beaches

In Kamarotos’s “Breath of Salt” series, mundane beach scenes turn borderline surreal. His quirky eye patiently observes until the right image materializes. With the summer days waning, the languid postures in his work feel relatable. The calm and relaxing rhythm that beachgoers get lulled into during the late afternoon sun makes them seem unaware that they are even being photographed.

See the photos at The Washington Post

After The Fall: Documenting The End Of The Caliphate

In September 2017, Ivor Prickett met Nadhira Aziz, sat in a plastic chair 15 feet from where an excavator was digging through the ruins of her home in Mosul, Iraq. “At times, she was engulfed in dust as the driver dumped mounds of stone and parts of her house beside her,” Prickett writes in his remarkable new book, End of the Caliphate, published by Steidl. “But she refused to move.” He stayed there with her, until eventually they found the remains of two women – Mrs Aziz’s sister and niece, who had been killed by an airstrike that hit the home in June, three months prior.

See the photos at British Journal of Photography

What Is Beauty? Mihaela Norok Traveled Around The World To Answer The Perennial Question

Romanian photographer Mihaela Norok embarked on a journey throughout the globe to create The Atlas of Beauty, an ambitious project that seeks out to prove that beauty is everywhere around us and comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

See the photos at Feature Shoot

The Grind Of Life On The Road

A couple of years ago, Mason realised that the amount of downtime involved in inter- national skate trips actually kinda sucked. As a way to kill time, he began toying with a Nikon camera that the photographer Brian Gaberman gifted him, capturing candid moments that illustrate what a travelling life actually looks like. The interminable pauses. The empty spaces. The cuts and grazes. The countless little ways that exhaustion manifests itself.

See the photos at Huck Magazine

Surreal Portraits Of A Slowly Fading American Dream

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“These are portraits of forgotten spaces and the sometimes lone people who inhabit them.”

See the photos at BuzzFeed

A Rediscovered Archive From California In The Seventies

Though Jang had worked locally as a successful professional photographer, he had all but forgotten about the work he had done in the seventies, when he was an art student who snuck into lavish parties, went to punk shows, and wandered the streets. 

See the photos at The New Yorker
Pang-Chieh Ho is an Editor at Digg.

Photographing A Teenager Over The Course Of Eight Years, And More Of The Best Photography Of The Week

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Every week, we curate the best new photography and photojournalism on the web, so you can spend your weekend kicking back and enjoying some beautiful pictures. Here are this week's picks:

The Many Faces Of Brooklyn

These photographs of Brooklyn tell a larger American story, one that touches on immigration, community, nature and home.

[See the photos at The Guardian]

A Portrait Of Womanhood In The Soviet Bloc

Her lauded series 'Women Between Inhaling and Exhaling' chronicles female life in former Czechoslovakia beginning in the 1970s, and after, during the uncertain transition from Communist rule to a post-Socialist nation. The sizeable collection is separated into seven pillars: adolescence, maternity, fun, work, eroticism, faith and old age. The moments between women's first and last breaths - shown in photographs of Kyndrová's own grandmother kissing her husband on his deathbed, a teenager in the passionate throes of a first kiss, and the agony and ecstasy of birth - are captured with intimacy and candour.

[See the photos at Huck Magazine]

Photographing Wild Swimmers In Scotland In All Weathers

I spent a whole year travelling around Scotland meeting amazing outdoor swimmers in all weathers and temperatures. I'm a keen outdoor swimmer myself, and also a photographer and decided to do this personal project […] Everyone I met had a wonderful story to tell, and most come to the water for some sort of healing, they told me stories of grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, body confidence issues, chronic pain and more and how the water helps so much with these issues.

[See the photos from Bored Panda]

Light Paths On The World's Largest Salt Flats

Photographer Reuben Wu is known for his artistic landscape imagery, which he creates by using LED lights attached to a drone. By taking long-exposure photographs, Wu is able to have complete control over how we perceive light within the environment. His newest work even incorporates light painting for an even more surreal effect. For his latest adventure, he traveled to Bolivia and ventured high into the Andes in order to visit the world's largest salt flat—Salar de Uyuni.

[See the photos at My Modern Met]

Photographing An American Teenager Over The Course Of Eight Years

Neil admits that the project only worked because of the friendship that developed between Roy and himself - 'I don't think it's the type of thing you can pre-determine.' During the course of the project, Neil would notice the changes in Roy physically and psychologically, and overtime they had met up, they would quickly re-establish their friendship and working process.

[See the photos at It's Nice That]

The Ordinary Made Extraordinary: Martin Parr In Black And White

Martin Parr's early black and white photographs of the North of England are a remarkable record of an all-but disappeared society.

[See the photos at Magnum Photos]

This Week’s Top Memes, Ranked

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Here at Digg, we try our best to cover the most important and confounding memes that come across the timeline. But the web is littered with tons of great memes that never quite hit the mainstream, instead bouncing around the weird corners of Twitter or Reddit.

Enter: our recurring feature, Memes, Ranked, where we not only rank the funniest memes each week, we also keep a running top 10 of the best memes of 2019. Skip to that here.

For the week of October 14, we have a handful of contenders: Gifted Kids, Earphones Memes, Missing The Bus and “Fucking Mint” TikToks.

4. Missing The Bus

The meme: An ASCII Twitter meme that portrays an unlucky emoji person running for the bus and ultimately missing his or her ride. Missing The Bus tweets are all over Twitter, with hundreds of nearly identical tweets racking up thousands of RTs each.

The examples: 

Verdict: These memes are no good. There’s plenty of room to iterate and get creative here. Unfortunately, memers are not doing that, instead opting to just repost the same incredibly relatable but also pretty mundane ASCII cartoon. Weird online behavior if you ask me. But hey, while you’re asking me, nearly all online behavior is weird. Which brings us to…

3. Earphones Memes

The meme: Another simple ASCII meme. There’s an easy-to-follow premise to this one: people in your life ask if you’re okay, and you say yes, but the music you’re listening to tells a different story. The punchline to these memes tend to revolve around specific subculture references, which is part of the fun for these.

The examples: 

Verdict: Super simple, not the most creative, but still infinitely customizable. There’s always comedy in revealing inner trauma and guilty pleasures, and while not laugh out loud funny, these 100% Volume Earphones memes reveal both in spades.

2. Gifted Kid Memes

The meme: If you keep your eyes peeled to Millennials on Twitter, you might spy a lot of people who lead presumably normal lives complaining about the ***burden*** of being labeled a “gifted kid” early in their academic careers. Over the past few weeks, mounting wave of jokes has taken aim at these nerds.

The examples: 

Verdict: Damn, this really was not the best week for memes. But Gifted Kids complaining on Twitter always deserve to get roasted a little bit, and we at least got that. Second place this week.

1. Fucking Mint

The meme: A new trend has emerged on TikTok (AKA the place where all the internet’s hottest memes are now) — talking about a terrible thing that happened to you, making the “okay” symbol with your hand in front of the camera and letting out a throaty “fucking mint!” That’s it, that’s the meme.

The examples: 

Verdict: Hilarious. There’s a lot of wild internet energy in these dumb videos. They range from self-deprecating to savagely invasive. The joke is hilarious on video, but can be translated to text. It’s quotable in real life. This is a top notch meme. Thank you TikTok, thank you Gen Z. You both are un-ironically fucking mint.

The Official Josco™ 2019 Meme Power Ranking

Click each entry on the ranking to see when it debuted.

  1. Vibes
  2. The Girl Drinking Kombucha Reaction GIF
  3. Fucking Mint
  4. Untitled Goose Game
  5. Avengers TikToks
  6. Trump Featuring Nickelback
  7. There Are Two Wolves Inside You
  8. No One Can Have Both
  9. Gifted Kids
  10. Earphones

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Joey Cosco is Digg's Social and Branded Content Editor.

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