Capturing America’s Disappearing Rivers

Some people are just born for their jobs. Ansley West Rivers makes use of her aptly-given surname by creating portraits of various rivers across the nation. However, it’s not just strictly portfolio work; with her photos, Rivers hopes to bring awareness to America’s disappearing bodies of water, so she captures lakes and rivers through various stages of evaporation. Employing a splicing technique, she is able to show these bodies of water in their past, present and future stages. Rivers lives us with this thought: what we see now is not what we will always have.

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Your Favorite Historical Moments Were Photoshopped

Famous Photoshopped Photos Churchill

Source: Kings Of War

When anyone is in a position of power, public perception becomes either your foundation, or a tidal wave that will swallow you and your legacy whole. Which means, of course, that PR becomes an incredibly important tool to have in your arsenal. This is why all public figures have countless advisors and managers whose only job is to look after the images of their superior. They do not only reflect the powerful’s persona to the masses, after all; they create it.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CVIII

In England, This Is What “Tough Guys” Look Like

In a number of ways, the origins of many contemporary problems can be attributed to the chronic condition from which most men suffer: a need to appear “tough”. We see it daily, big and small, and in an array of disciplines: a mans feels the need for attention, so he buys a loud car and drives it aggressively and ruins another person’s day. A man wishes to appear as powerful a president as his father, so he starts two wars. A man wants to justify his belief that power through physical force is rational, so he creates an international relations theory brazenly dubbed “realism” to support it.

The English, whose empire was founded on the desires of many manly men, seem to take a tongue-in-cheek approach to “toughness” today, as seen in their annual Tough Guy Challenge. Thousands–men and women alike–took part in this year’s 200-part obstacle course that featured freezing mud, barbed wire and of course fire pits. But don’t worry, this time “toughness” is not used to conquer nations or self-promotion; it’s for charity. Check out more photos of the event at The Atlantic.

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