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Built to Walk

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Published Feb 25, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 30 Contributors

    30 photos selected by

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer
    Paul Salopek
    Foreign Correspondent and National Geographic Fellow

    The rush of the people in the local trains of Mumbai. Without local one cant imagine the Mumbai.

    #motion #speed #crowd #train #city #platform #india #mumbai #local

    First and foremost, thank you. Thank you to everyone in the Your Shot community for taking Paul and me on one of the most fascinating visual and journalism rides in memory. Your extraordinary engagement over the three weeks for “Built to Walk” was just that—beyond the ordinary.

    Each of you took us along the footsteps of your journey, the visual portal of your consciousness, embracing the world around you so eloquently with your vision. Having had the humbling pleasure to have traveled throughout much of our planet, I was astonished by how deeply each of you brought me into the mosaic and beauty of your life and culture, the resonating, visually reverberating events taking place at the ground right beneath your feet.

    "senbon torii" (a thousand torii) fushimi-inari shrine, famous Tourist spots in Japan.

    #shrine #japan #red #builttowalk #walk #people

    Editor's Note

    Stellar eye for color and composition, Satoshi

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A man walks in the middle of a renovation in front of the Colombian Congress Building

    #shadows #architecture #bogota_centro #colombia #government #silhouet

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic moment, beautiful light. Would love to have learned more in the caption. Otherwise over... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Self-portrait among the trees.

    #wods #self_portrait #long_exposure #tree #followme #landscapes #nature

    Editor's Note

    Utterly mystical, visually fascinating, Dawn. Love the metaphors and mystic. Well done for Built ... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Man walking under the 'Agora' walkway, in the shade of 100 steel arches placed so as to form an e...

    #bridge #athens #architecture #black__and_white #people

    Editor's Note

    Perfect perspective and feeling of scale, Arno.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A little girl running back to her home after a long day of working in the fields.

    #india

    Humans, civilization & agriculture, this unique triangle propounded our relationship with the...

    #sail #green

    Maxim, 34 years old, drive his sledge, pulled by reindeers, using a long stick called “khorei”. H...

    #reindeers #built_to_walk #autumn #migration #siberia #nomad #arctic

    On a journey to get to this lonely tree hoofing it in waist deep snow at times. I was so glad to ...

    #weather #tree #adventure #landscapes #nature

    Editor's Note

    Love the absence, feel and approach you took with this photograph, Dave, for the Built to Walk assignment. Please you are viewing the world more metaphysical than literal.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Waiting for the bus

    #bus #closeup #wait #waiting #street #shoes #hongkong #people

    For this picture I had the time to frame well. I had seen the father and his child arrive and I w...

    #streetphotography #black__and_white

    Walking down a snowy avenue.

    #winter #white #avenue #snow #weather #trees #nature

    Like life itself, this skier on Kvaloya outside Tromso, Northern Norway, is facing an uphill stru...

    #winter #norway #skiing #snow #walk #built_to_walk_assignment #track #ski

    The prejudice against nomads is very old. While sedentary peoples have often envied nomads their ...

    #african_culture #nomad_of_kenya #built_to_walk #gabra #camel #african_nomad #nomad

    Editor's Note

    You worked this, Thomas. You tell us more, make the image richer, by withholding details. The iterating shapes of whatever it is the camels are carrying--brilliant. I fell headlong into this photo.... More

    Paul Salopek
    Foreign Correspondent and National Geographic Fellow

    A hiker walks past the opening of an "ice cave" on Lake Superior, USA.

    Editor's Note

    Very very nice, Ian, Thank you for creating this image within this cathedral of nature.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    All of you embraced this project with dedication, casting an eye of kindness and a heart of humility on your subjects, the landscape, and the majesty before you. Many of you also wonderfully expanded and honed your journalism skills, asking the key questions of who, what, why, where, and when, educating all of us beyond photography—the art of writing with light—and expanding with poignant words the lyrical narrative through which my friend and Out of Eden Walk colleague, Paul Salopek, so deftly guided you. No question, Paul is our most profoundly talented writer working (and walking) today.

    While many of you have thanked Paul and me for our engagement, we should be thanking you. Each day I was gobsmacked by how you presented our world through your vision. Keep the fire and purpose burning. Continue being passionate, taking risks, being fascinated by everything around you—continuing “Built to Walk” as a personal, lifelong project about your own journey in this astonishing life we each are given.

    Keep well. Keep in touch. Keep inspiring.  - John Stanmeyer

    This man is a sadhu, a Hindu wandering monk who has renounced all worldly possessions to devote h...

    #ngmadventure #viaje #varanasi #black_and_white #portraits #streets #people #travel #culture #india

    Editor's Note

    Shantanu, wonderful moment seen here on the streets and along the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    I met this guy in my roadtrip on the north of India. It was a bless.

    #rishikes #india

    This was taken during the visit to Rumtek Monestry in Sikkim, India. It was there prayer time and...

    #monks #maroon #prayer #sikkim #rumtek #street #walk #people #random #places #travel #posture

    People around the world has to leave their towns. This is a girl from the Amazonas, she was in Qu...

    #nina #ecuador #amazonas #quito

    this shot has been taken in kolkata, red light area is located near of this place its a bit ri...

    #decisive_moment #street

    Editor's Note

    Love this, Tirthendu. A truly unexpected and elegant narrative of your walk around Kolkata, India... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A quick decisive moment after school on a rainy day where while a school kid tries to balances hi...

    #uttarakhand #dehradun #kids #blackandwhite #rainy #street #builttowalk #india

    shot taken in Jodhpur (blue city) India.

    #jodhpur #blue #red #yellow #india

    This is just a glimpse of countless number of highrise buildings going up as a result of mass ur...

    #built_to_walk #architecture #urbanization #landscapes #culture #ngmadvances

    Editor's Note

    Love this love this love this, Peter. Speechless as I have been photographing trees for decades in a similar way, pleased you including the anthropocene in your Built to Walk submission: http://ww... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    I took this picture from a bridge overlooking a frozen lake. Persistent double digit sub-zero tem...

    #winter #landscape #black_and_white #portrait #lake #places #nature

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful use of design, composition, feel, essence. Thank you, Garrine, for presenting this image for Built to Walk.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    From The Journal of Paul Salopek

    After an extraordinarily rewarding three weeks, I'm sorry to see "Built to Walk" come to an end. It's been a moving experience for me to participate in this Your Shot assignment.    

    One of the main takeaways for me was seeing how much thirst there is within the Your Shot community to learn—and I don't mean learning just the technical aspects of making better photographs, but a deeper yearning to make better stories out of our lives and the lives of those around us, whether family, neighbors, or an ash-smeared sadhu in Calcutta.

    We are a storytelling species. Telling stories with power—visually, with beauty, sensitivity, and dignity—was a recurring theme of this assignment. I was astonished at the good energy that emanates from these pages.

    Some Akha hill tribes migrated to the borders of thailand. Their daily routine starts with prepar...

    #alms #custom #monk #hilltribes #budhishm #culture #akha_hill_tribe

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful light,capturing a moment that is timeless, Prasad

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Refugees and volunteers work together to move huts and shelters in the Calais refugee camp known ...

    #movement #refugee_camp #france #the_jungle #calais #refugee #migrant_crisis

    Editor's Note

    Claire...thank you. Thank you for highlighting the plight of millions today in the act of forced ... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A boy carries firewood through a lonely sliver of light back to his home in Bagan, Myanmar.

    #light #myanmar #portraits #candid #builttowalk #portrait #people #travel #asia #culture

    Editor's Note

    Fabulous moment, Christopher. The chance of light--gone in an eye blink--is thrilling. A wonderful moment for Built to Walk, and a tidy caption, too.

    Paul Salopek
    Foreign Correspondent and National Geographic Fellow

    Feet: Built to take us where we need to be. An almost abstract image of my daughter's heels.

    #abstract #feet #blackandwhite #heels #walk

    Editor's Note

    Almost too old a photo for a journalistic assignment. But the willingness to go macro, and turn t... More

    Paul Salopek
    Foreign Correspondent and National Geographic Fellow

    An Afghan man walks in the Karte Sakhi cemetery, during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday,...

    #winter #cold #cemetery #afghanistan #kabul #snowfall #afghanman

    Editor's Note

    This is truly spectacular, Ali. Presenting an unexpected moment in an equally unexpected landscape.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A glory sunrise was seen at Marina Beach, Chennai. The Man walking an the birds flying are seen i...

    #landscape #silhouette #sunrise #marinabeach #sunrisethismorning #birdsfly #sunrays

    Editor's Note

    Splendid, Neetesh. Only one (minor but important) thing...be watchful of super wide-angle lenses. They distort the subject easily. This image many at 20 or 24mm would have helped put a more elegant... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Over the course of "Built to Walk," I saw Your Shot photographers dig deeper not just into their camera bags but into their hearts and minds, to honor the subject matter at hand: human migration and movement. Many on this assignment actually set aside time from busy lives to go out and shoot new imagery, photos that often required them, for the first time, to engage in a more intimate way with the people on the other side of their lenses. The exchanges on the discussion pages were revealing; community members spoke honestly about the difficulties of approaching strangers (issues of shyness and security), trying to conceptualize something as abstract as "migration" (releasing the obvious: images of people walking), and crossing new creative boundaries with their work. I learned a lot from these exchanges, reaffirming why I'm in this human and humane business. And I learn a lot from John, whose energy and generosity are hard to match.

    Keep walking. Keep honing your craft—and your vision. I will see you all out on the shared trail that we're all traveling on, jointly, into the future. Bravo.

    Paul Salopek

    About the Editors
    John Stanmeyer
    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer
    John Stanmeyer is a humanist, photojournalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker and field recordist dedicated to social and political issues that define our times. Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine, producing over 14 stories for the magazine and resulting in 10 covers. Between 1998 and ...
    Paul Salopek
    Paul Salopek
    Foreign Correspondent and National Geographic Fellow
    Paul Salopek is s veteran foreign correspondent who has reported on wars in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America, as well as on global topics such as oil production, child marriage, overfishing, and the human genome. His stories and photographs have appeared in National Geographic, the New ...

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