There’s something they say about words and pictures, so we won’t belabor this too much. Below you’ll find some of the most eye-catching photographs we ran on the site in the last year. Set aside some time to scroll through each one: They’re an amazing window onto everything that’s happening in the world–from Detroit’s collapse and the economic rise of China and the Middle East, to environmental disasters at home and abroad.
And then, less seriously, some great photos of those ridiculous fake tree cell phone towers, hilarious examples of what happens when strangers draw your Facebook photos, and a series of the true residents of Portland, who are crazier than anything you’ve seen on Portlandia. You’ll enjoy them all. And if that’s not enough, you can see our favorites from last year here.
1: Beautifully Mashed-Up Photos Show The Glory And Wreckage Of Detroit
The “Detroit Now and Then” project artfully combines vintage photos of the city with images of what’s there now, providing a poignant reminder of what the city was, what it is now and–maybe–what it could be again.
2: “Portraitlandia”: Photos Of Portland’s Most Portland-y Residents
If Portlandia were a photo series, it would probably look something like Kirk Crippens’s “Portraitlandia,” which features iconic Rose City residents in their natural habitats.
3: Look At These Chinese Workers Carrying Mind-Blowing Amounts Of Stuff
11: These Horrifying Photos Show A Destroyed American Landscape That Agriculture Giants Don’t Want You To See
These aerial images of industrial beef farming operations look less like shots of land and more like a post-apocalyptic nightmare.
12: These Photos Of Tiny, Futuristic Japanese Apartments Show How Micro Micro-Apartments Can Be
Micro-apartments are in vogue today. But in Japan, people have been living in the Nakagin Capsule Tower’s 100-square-foot housing for decades.
Read more of our best stories of the year in these categories: Top stories, infographics, photography, maps, buildings, design, cities, food, transportation, innovative workplaces, bikes, collaborative consumption, energy, crowdfunding, robots, environment, health, education
Photography essays need to be as graphic as possible while explaining details
As a student in college or high school photography is a pastime that appeals to most. Equipped with a simple camera one could go around a city or even a small neighborhood clicking away at various sites and putting them together in a specific format. Writing a photography essay would be equally interesting because you could think of quite a few topics for your essay on photography that appeals to a wide range of readers.
Here are some essay topics on photography that you could work on
1/ Photography as a hobby
Though an expensive one, photography has long been an interesting hobby that crosses barriers of age. In fact, there are instances of people pursuing this hobby to such an extent that the hobby soon becomes a profession. What once started, as a way to kill long empty hours, soon becomes a job that is both enjoyable as well as lucrative. Your photography essay could be on these topics and strike a chord with quite a few readers provided you are able to follow the right essay structure and format.
2/ Sports photography
The recent football World Cup has shown that photography is practically indispensable in showcasing the world of sports. From capturing moments of ecstasy and sadness to the recording of regular events, the photographer has come a long way. If you are keen on combining photography along with other arts like writing and music you could come out with essays on any or all of these topics. In fact you could write a music essay or a poetry essay and illustrate with with appropriate photographs.
3/ News and photography
Though video cameras and other technological advancements have become quite popular, the work and equipment is still important in the field of news presentation. One cannot hope to be a successful journalist without a basic knowledge of photography. Comment on this in your photography essay.
4/ Underwater photography
With water proof cameras and new image capturing techniques, the secret lives of thousands of marine organisms can be recorded and viewed by millions all over the world. It is almost unbelievable to see the way in which underwater life comes alive with the new technology that is now available.
5/- Candid camera
This is another way of creating some real lighthearted moments among friends and relatives. There are many ideas that you can think of to record on camera, the reactions of people who don’t know they are being filmed. Though this usually done on video, it is still a lot of fun that you can have. Of course, you must remember never to overstep your limits while pulling another person’s leg.
6/- The history of photography
There are photography museums in some important cities of the world, where there are specimens of ancient cameras that looking nothing like the sleek machines we use now. It would be interesting for you to write an essay on the way in which these machines have evolved over the years.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us for some fresh and interesting ideas for your photography essays. We can surely give you quite a few!