While an average photograph is worth one thousand words, the more famous among them often elicit entire books. The historical context is just as important to the visual composition of a photograph because without knowledge of the history and context—images fail to reach a cultural significance. Life Magazine's compilation of the most famous photographs of all time is 100 pictures long and is a time suck—stay tuned for a concentrated collection. For each of the images featured, pay special attention to the year and greater social movement the image captures.
Photographers help the average person see beauty in the mundane and capture moments of beauty that the rest of us miss. Architecture has long been a way to improve upon the environment, either by using building styles that are contextually relevant or by designs that are so ugly they work. Studying other culture's architectural styles will often tell a story about how people interact with their environment—a history expressed by lines, shape, and material. Usually photographers must choose one element of a city's composition—capturing a whole building or isolating one particular pattern or detail within. Looking at the 10 best architectural photographers to follow on Instagram will give you inspiration to start appreciating intriguing architectural feats, as well as capturing your aesthetic visions. While some of the photographers are professionally trained, a few are self taught—learn these tips to perfect your architectural photography.
Trauma from the 2008 financial crisis affects America's perception of what people think are profitable investments. Stocks are extremely susceptible to market swings, especially during times of volatility caused by economic shock. This insight likely influenced the people who participated in a study by Bankrate, where just 17 percent of people listed stocks as the best way to invest money for the long run. Stocks lost out to real estate at 30 percent and 23 percent of people who preferred cash investments. While it may churn stomachs to lose a large percentage of one’s stock investments in one day or a month—historical data shows that stocks always bounce back. While historical data is not always a predictor of future results, you can trust financial advisors and economic historians by dipping your toes into investing. Learn about the pros & cons of mutual funds vs ETFs to get over your fears of investing.
Touted as the disruptor of banks, and the replacement of fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies have not yet delivered on their infamy. Whether you are an investor or an anarchist, the question of, "Is crypto going to be illegal?" has crossed your mind at least once. Governments and those with vested stakes in industries under threat by emerging technologies often react with haste to change and disruption. An analysis of whether crypto is going to be illegal is best done by a historical comparison, as well as how feasible implementation toward making crypto illegal would be.
Over the course of the United State’s short history, Americans invented and implemented a few characteristics that contradict the rest of the world—the US standard system of measurement, degrees in Fahrenheit, and a sport called soccer. While the popularity of soccer is rising in the United States, there is little interest in changing the name for the sake of global standardization. South America, parts of Africa, and Europe, use a phonetically similar sounding word to signify a game played with a round ball and feet. Football, or fútbol, connects different cultures, ways of life, and is a global phenomenon. As the people of the United States attempt to answer the question, "What's next for American soccer?" more wonder if its name will hold the sport back from reaching its full potential at home and abroad? Let's learn about the history of why Americans call it 'soccer' instead of 'football.'