I love memes! And I love making them. I post one every Friday. Here are some of my favorites.
But I rarely take photos with meme potential.
Usually, if I have a phrase I want to make into a meme, I go to Unsplash, Stocksnap, or Pixabay and do a search for a picture related to my words. For example, if I want to make a meme about music, I might search for musical instruments. Or if I have a quote for Memorial Day, I might look for a picture of the American flag or a military cemetery.
Once I’ve found a number of photos that illustrate my meme’s topic, I look for a good location for words. Usually that means a lighter area. On a landscape photo, that may be the sky (as in the photo above) or a large area of snow. Or maybe a good-sized section of dark wall that will contrast with light-colored lettering. Or a benign background, such as the photo of Jax, our granddoggie, below.
This week’s Photo a Week challenge is for photos that would make a good meme background. I’m going to make it a long-term challenge; whenever I’m out taking pictures, I’ll try to take a few with memes in mind.
Every Friday I share a meme on ARHtistic License. I used to post memes I found on Twitter or Facebook, but I couldn’t always credit them to the creator. In 2016 I decided to make my own. I still post memes I find on social media, but only if the source is easily discernible.
Continuing a tradition I started last year, here are my favorite memes of 2018. The first three have to do with the arts in a general way:
The next group specifically relates to writing:
The final group of memes illustrate truths about life: