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Quiet Moments

Assignment ends on Sep 29, 2017

As a companion to our recent assignment "Epic," curated by National Geographic photographer Robbie Shone, I was inspired to curate an assignment focused around a theme of quiet moments.

You may not be able to articulate what makes a quiet photo, but you can feel it. Your reaction is different from that toward an epic photo. Quiet can command your attention through subtle cues that others might miss. Show us photos from when you documented, witnessed, or enjoyed quiet moments, and then share the stories about your experiences.

Maybe you photographed a bride taking in one last moment with her father before walking into the church on her wedding day. Maybe you watched a sunset from the top of a mountain. Or maybe the city was empty in the morning, while people slept in. This assignment is a great opportunity for you to observe and document the moments before peak action.

While you can submit photos from your archives, I highly encourage you to set aside some time to take new photos that are quiet. Notice how you move differently when you’re respecting the quiet moment you're documenting, trying not to disturb the world in front of your camera. Use this assignment to not only take pictures of quiet moments, but to also quiet your mind as you work. I encourage you to slow down, take a deep breath, and be in the moment as a photographer.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

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David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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David Y. Lee

David Y. Lee

Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Before joining the Your Shot team, I covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project featuring people connected by the decision to say yes to the gift of life.