Posts Tagged ‘viral’

Things I Learned After My Photo Hit #1 on Reddit, and Why I Probably Shouldn’t Have Posted It

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Last night, I posted a photo I took (shown above) in 2012 to Reddit’s /r/pics subreddit.

After I posted it, the upvotes slowly began to trickle in. Within the hour it had amassed around 4000 upvotes, peaking at around 6500 and holding the top spot for a long while. Recognition! Sweet, sweet recognition! It felt great.
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Arab-American Journalist’s Kiss Photo with Israeli Boyfriend Becomes Viral Symbol of Peace

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As clashes between Hamas and the Israeli armed forces escalate and the death toll climbs with heartbreaking consistency, a photograph of an Arab-American journalist and her Israeli-American boyfriend kissing has gone viral, sparked a Twitter movement, and become a symbol of peace. Read more…

Bali Underwater Shipwreck Fantasy Shoot Part 2: How It All Came Together

Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong‘s underwater fantasy fashion shoot in a Bali shipwreck has quickly become the most popular project he has ever released. And even though he shared some behind the scenes details when the series first debuted, he’s back today with a much more detailed look at how exactly these now-viral photos came to be. Read more…

Convict Becomes Famous Meme After His ‘Beautiful’ Mugshot Goes Viral

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Mugshots aren’t exactly known as the height of beautiful portrait photography, but 30-year-old felon Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot is something else entirely. Within 24 hours of the photo being posted on the Stockton Police Department’s Facebook, Meeks’ glamour shot had received over 23,000 likes and nearly 6,000 comments… as of this writing those numbers are up to over 87,000 likes and over 11,300 comments.

It’s safe to say this image has gone well and truly viral, turning Meeks into a meme and sparking everything from Photoshop spoofs to a ‘Free Jeremy’ Twitter campaign. Read more…

Photographer Captures Spectacular Floral Display in the Middle of Parched Wasteland

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When the term decisive moment gets thrown around, it’s usually used to describe a photographic moment that is fleeting — the kind of street photograph that’s there one instant and gone the next.

But the moments captured in these stunning landscape images by photographer Guy Tal are also decisive, not for their fleeting nature, but their rarity. Read more…

Girl from Viral #BringBackOurGirls Photo is Not a Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirl

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Photographer and filmmaker Ami Vitale has been to Guinea-Bissau three times — in 1993, 2000 and 2011 — for the Alexia Foundation, bringing back powerful photographs that show a different, more hopeful side of Africa.

And yet, somehow, three of those images have this week become the viral face of a Twitter campaign meant to raise awareness about a group of Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school by a terrorist organization called Boko Haram in mid-April. Read more…

Photograph Captures the Amazing Amount of Life Found in a Splash of Seawater

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Who knew a dipperful of seawater contained so much life? Well, photographer David Liittschwager, that’s who, because in 2006 he captured this eye-opening photograph for National Geographic. Read more…

Touching Portraits of 3 Young Girls Battling Cancer Help Inspire and Raise Awareness

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After having a close friend lose a one-year-old to cancer years ago, and watching her stepfather battle this all-too-prevalent beast today, Oklahoma–based photographer Lora Scantling was inspired.

Inspired to create an image, or a series of images, that show the strength of and give encouragement to those who are battling the disease, as well as those who are watching someone go through it. Read more…

Mom Tries to Teach Her Daughter How Fast a Photo Can Spread Online, Plan Backfires

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A Colorado mother learned an important lesson of her own last week when her plan to teach her daughter just how quickly a photograph can spread online through social media worked far too well. Read more…

Saving Eliza: Working a Photographic Miracle (Part I)

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Can you imagine photography saving a life? Or forget life, lives? Hundreds, thousands of lives saved… and the catalyst for it all a photo community dedicated to proving they can make a difference.

Over the next couple of weeks, the photographic community has the chance to work a bonafide miracle. A little girl in South Carolina is dying of a degenerative disease, and it’s in all of our power to help cure her. Together with Benjamin Von Wong, we’re going to embark on a journey to tell this little girl’s story to the world, and write in the happy ending ourselves… Read more…