4-Year-Old Honors Late Mother By Wearing Her Wedding Dress In Beautiful Photo Shoot

Losing a loved one is never easy, and losing a parent is particularly difficult.

Little Nora Davis, a 4-year-old from North Carolina, may only have a few memories of her mother as she grows up, but thanks to a dying wish and idea of her mother, Amber Davis, she’ll have some understanding of how much her mother loved her.

Amber Davis was diagnosed with a rare type of cervical cancer only a couple years after having Nora. Though Amber went through radiation and chemotherapy, she ultimately lost her battle with the cancer and passed away at the age of 27. Before passing, however, she had the idea of doing a photoshoot of Nora in her wedding dress. Amber’s husband and Nora’s father, Derek Davis, dressed his daughter in Amber’s wedding dress, wedding band, and diamond earrings and they headed to the exact same wedding venue where the couple got married years prior.

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Photographer Heidi Spillane says the shoot was a beautiful way to pay tribute to the bond that mothers and daughters share, even after death. “She saw it as a way for Nora to remember her Mama once she passed away,” says Spillane. “She wanted me to promise I would do it when she was gone.”

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According to Spillane, it wasn’t a sad day. It was emotional, but enjoyable, and Nora loved every moment. “She was beaming with pride in her mommy’s dress,” says Spillane. “She loved every minute of it. She would look at the picture of her mom standing in the same spot and touch the dress. It was a really special thing to witness.”

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Thousands Of Red Poppies Spill Out Of Welsh Castle To Remember World War 1 Soldiers

A beautiful display of red poppies in Wales is leaving people awe struck and stopping them in their tracks.  Nigel Hinds, the executive producer of the exhibition, created it to honor World War 1 Soldiers.The artwork is called Weeping Window as the flowers are pouring out from a window.

“We have got over 5,000 poppies here, representing probably a fraction of the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died in the First World War,” said Tom Pipe, the projects Designer. The work marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which was a battle where Welsh fusiliers played an important role.

A portion of the flowers come from a sculpture that was a part of a show at the 2014 Tower of London show which attracted five million visitors. Paul Cummins the creator the project created over 800,000 poppies;  each red flower was handmade and represents the death of a member of the Allied forces.

“The poppies have a remarkable ability to bring generations together to share stories of the First World War,” said Hinds. “Caernarfon Castle is a poignant and fitting place for Weeping Window to be presented as part of its tour of the UK.”

This Is The Reason Why Some Great Depression Photos Were Punched With Holes

The Great Depression was a turning point for the United States, but culturally, economically, and socially. It was such a low that today our government does whatever it can to prevent such a time from happening again. Through it all, however, it was a such a defining era in U.S. history, that we will never forget it, and looking back at that time is somewhat fascinating.

By the time the Great Depression took hold, journalism and photography were joined firmly hand in hand, and many journalists and photographers set out to document this historic time, giving faces to those who were suffering, and showcasing the people affected by the Depression. Many, many iconic photos came out of that era, but there were also some that never hit the press, thanks to one man – Roy Stryker.

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Stryker was the director of the Farm Security Administration’s documentary photography program. The FSA was a program that aimed to fight rural poverty, and the documentary photography program was there to record the people and their plight. Stryker as editor of the program demanded the best out of his photographers, and though he gave them extensive information about their assignments before sending them out to the field, he was a bit of a “tyrannical editor” when it came to defining what the “best” photographs were.

When photographers would turn in their assignments, Stryker was notorious for punching holes through the negatives of photos he didn’t like, “killing” the photo.

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Naturally, this infuriated photographers at the time, who may have liked or had emotional attachments to the photos they were turning in. Luckily, the hole punch negatives mostly still persisted, and in their own right still show an iconic era in U.S. history, despite the big black dot that sits on most of them. Today, they are stored at the Library of Congress and are on exhibition in New York City currently.

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As Edwin Rosskam, a photographer at the time, puts it, “[The] punching of holes through negatives was barbaric to me… I’m sure that some very significant pictures have in that way been killed off, because there is no way of telling, no way, what photograph would come alive when.”

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World Traveler Snaps Selfies With Animals For The Most Coveted Instagram Account

Traveling is an enlightening experience for everyone. Going to new places and expanding your horizons helps you grow as a person. Many people enjoy traveling because they meet new people and gain new perspective. For one Irishman, meeting new people is his favorite part of traveling, but he has a different definition of “people.”

When Allan Dixon travels, he makes a point of meeting someone new whenever he can – someone furry and four-legged, usually. Dixon takes selfies with animals he meets during his travels and shares them on his Instagram account.

The Wicklow, Ireland native started his unique trend of animal selfies in 2013 when a picture of him and a baby camel got a lot of attention on Instagram. Since then, he’s taken photos with over 30 different animal species in more than 40 different animal photos in countries ranging from Australia, Canada, Iceland, and all across Asia.

I'm back in Australia catching up with some old friends 😂 Super exciting adventures ahead! #DaxonsAnimalSelfies

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Never be afraid to smile and show the world your beautiful teeth. Start spreading those smiles 😁 #DaxonsAnimalSelfies

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Dixon is an animal lover at heart, and hopes his photos share the special connection that humans and animals have. “I feel a great joy in their presence, so much that I want to share this feeling with my friends, trying to capture photos that highlight how happy animals are along with the feelings they bring,” says Dixon.

However, Dixon doesn’t recommend that anyone just run up to an animal and snap a selfie. Dixon spends time, sometimes hours, with the animals in his photos before grabbing a pic. He makes sure to spend time with the animal, remaining calm and gaining their trust, ensuring that the animal is comfortable with his presence before introducing his camera into the mix.

Ensuring the anima is comfortable is not only respectful to the animal, but is exactly how Dixon is able to grab his unique and charming photos that reflect both his and the animals’ personalities. “Gain the animal’s trust in a calm relaxed manner, and the results will be golden,” says Dixon.

Baby From Nirvana’s Album Cover Recreates Iconic Photograph 25 Years Later

Nirvana’s most famous album, Nevermind, the one with the naked baby in the swimming pool, reaching out to a dollar bill, is now 25 years old and you better believe that baby is too.

Nirvana album cover, Nevermind.
1991

The original photographer, John Chapple, thought it would be a fun way to highlight the milestone by recreating the famous album cover (Rolling Stone Magazine declared it one of the top three iconic album covers of all time).

The baby’s name is Spencer Elden, and we’re pretty sure he is a Nirvana fan, because he has “Nevermind” tattooed on his chest in huge letters. Spencer was totally game for the shoot, so much so that he wanted to do it exactly like the original… that is, in the nude.

Chapple talked him out of it and back into his shorts, and the resulting images are really cool to look at alongside their 25-years-young counterpart.

Chapple paid Elden just $200 for the shoot, but we think that was another stab at nostalgia: that was the amount that Elden’s parents received 25 years ago as well.

Nivana isn’t making any more music obviously, but a quarter of a century later, their music is still impactful and important to many people, least of all Spencer Elden and John Chapple, who were there from the very beginning!