Some of the hottest, most recent trends on the web are photography trends (aka photo memes). These trends were either started spontaneously or with the intent of starting a trend. The results are either incredibly funny or incredibly stupid (you be the judge of that). Here’s the Wix Blog’s rundown of the weirdest web photography trends to date:
Probably the most famous photo trend, which later evolved into new sub-genres. Planking is quite simple: it involves laying face-down with your arms pinned to your sides. However, the initial concept of lying-down on a flat surface started boring more experienced Plankers and the photos became more “adventurous”. As result, one participant fell off a moving car and another slipped off a balcony. Some people claim Planking is racist and that the practice draws its inspiration from the way African slaves were stacked on slave ships.
A safer fad which takes after planking is ‘owling’, which involves crouching in an owl’s position. There’s a controversy surrounding the trend-setter’s identity which makes owling even more surreal (if possible).
Teapotting was invented by two Australian teachers who wanted to see how fast they could start a trend by posting a photo on Facebook. Teapotting claims to be less hazardous than planking. It involves standing in a “teapot position”, with one raised arm imitating a spout and the other arm placed on the hip to imitate a handle. It takes its name from the famous children’s song “I’m a Little Teapot”.
Although Horsemaning also claims to be “the next planking”, the first horsemaning photo dates back to the 1920’s. Horsemaning, unlike Planking, Owling and Teapotting works only in pairs. It involves one person lying on their back with their head concealed by a certain object while their partner is hiding behind that object, only exposing their head. The result should be an optical illusion that looks like beheading. Horsemaning takes its inspiration from the character of The Headless Horseman in Washington Irvin’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Stocking, unlike other trends, is not an outdoors sport and can be safely done indoors. It was first invented by designers Jamie Graham and Dennis Van Huffel who, after hopelessly searching for a specific image on stock photography websites, got the idea to create their own stock photos. They took a shot, pasted their own imitation next to the original, and sent it to their colleagues, who soon caught on. Graham and Huffel also launched a website by the name “Stocking is the new Planking”, where enthusiasts can submit their own stock photos.
Here’s a trend that’s been around since 2006. The term Sleevefacing was first coined by DJ Carl Morris, who reportedly held up an album cover (sleeve) to his face while Djing in 2007. This is by far the funniest trend to date. Unlike Planking and its following trends, Sleevefacing is likely to stick around.
If you’re a photo-posing fan, we’d love to see and feature your photos on the blog! We’ll be happy to throw an upgrade or two for great submission. Send your best creations to blog[at]wix[dot]com and make sure to include your full name. Original photos only please!