Dubai, United Arab Emirates Karim Sahib/Getty
Visitors gather near a model at the annual Cityscape show
No one understands the true nature of the relationship between the oil-rich Gulf states and the violent discord affecting so much of the Arab and Muslim world. There's the stuff we can see, the stuff we can almost see and, way down below that, the unknown unknowns. Here's one known, although parts of it are mysterious: After a crippling economic double-whammy between the 2008 financial crisis and the crash in oil prices, the inexplicable real-estate fever dream that is Dubai has come back. No nation on earth more resembles an imaginary colony in outer space, and none more clearly acts out the late science-fiction pioneer J.G. Ballard's pronouncement that Earth was becoming an alien planet.
–Andrew O'Hehir, senior editor
Canfield County Fair, Canfield, Ohio Mike Segar/Reuters
Donald Trump speaks to supporters through a bullhorn during a campaign stop
This Trump pic from Ohio rally on Sunday is compelling for what it leaves to the imagination. What is he yelling about here? Is he directing traffic? Throwing out a pesky liberal protester? Maybe he's kicking off a pig race. My guess is he's yelling at reporters for being mean to him.
–Pete Catapano, executive editor
London, England Carl Court/Getty
Designer Maria Levene in her installation entitled 'VRPolis, Driving into the Future' at the London Design Biennale
If I'm being honest, I don't really understand this photo, the installation or the purpose. I could look it up, but why spoil the mystery? Even though I don't "get" the photo, I love it because it reminds me of my favorite scene from the incredible Academy Award-nominated drama "Casper Meets Wendy" starring the immensely talented Hilary Duff. If you've seen the movie, you'll know exactly which scene I'm referring to. If you haven't, then go watch it. You can pick it up at your local VHS rental store, which definitely still exists.
–Tatiana Baez, social media coordinator
London, England Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
"War Horse" puppet Joey is walked along New Bond Street near Bonhams auction rooms
A puppet from the production “War Horse” is prancing today around London streets in an effort to drum up participation for a Sept. 13 Bonhams fundraiser, where it will face its changing fortunes on the action block. No Trojan horse, this puppet lays plain the fact what’s artifice and what’s real in a transparent (albeit humorous) display of the very legwork that provides its horsepower. The two human operators inside this endearing puppet could stand for all of us dutifully working this Tuesday after Labor Day, embodying our wishes to be “seen” while contributing our tasks, which are hopefully creative in some way. The upcoming auction will benefit the Handspring Trust, a South African theater group.
–Marjorie Backman, copy editor