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Create It

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Published Apr 14, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 25 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    painted on my friends face with acrylics and clicked with 1200D canon. the idea was to show how ...

    #colour #burst #contrast #freedom #emerge

    “Think about the people behind these photos.” Liz Andersen, one of my guest editors told me this and I am forever grateful for the reminder. Never before has editing been so personal, and never before have I felt the abundant weight of these two words: Yes and No. With these words I felt like I was choosing between life and death. I’m being dramatic, but when I thought of the amount of time and energy, the dedication that so many of you went through to create a single image, I can say that Liz, Ivan, Mike, and I are truly humbled. 

    Throughout the assignment we took great care in examining your photos, studying each one especially the ones we couldn’t let go of, even though we knew it wouldn’t make it past another round. “I just gotta have it!” one of us would say, and then we would ask Why. Like I said to you during the assignment, “Be prepared for the why”, I also expected it from us as your editors. We spent many long nights combing through your photographs, your absolutely stunning, beyond creative, made us speechless photographs.

    0,8sec , f11 , ISO 200, soft box

    #white #caterpillar #macro #createit #minimalist #bruco #black #explore #yourshotbook

    Editor's Note

    What a fantastic photo. If ever there was an image that succeeds in simplicity of concept and execution, this is it. It brought smiles each time it was displayed. –Mike Melnotte, guest editor for t... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    It is not necessary to express your imagination with pen or pencil…..sometime we can go beyond th...

    #owl #creativity #createit #leaves #portrait #beauty #animal #flower #green #nature

    Editor's Note

    This picture makes me smile. A vibrant green owl; I guess he is wise and maybe hopeful too. And i... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    We need water

    #need #earth #water #save

    This photo was taken looking through the glass front wall waterfall at the National Gallery of Vi...

    #reflection #change #water #street #portrait #mirror #glass #gender

    The world Without Energy will be dark, heavily dependent on natural sun light. Our world might b...

    #ngmcreate_3 #yourplate #ngmcreate #create #black_and_white #ngmcreate_2 #blackandwhite #ngmcreate_1 #portraits #food #style #nature

    Editor's Note

    The striking tone and detail of this still life made it stand out among the crowd. Including some... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    This was photo shoot of my very pregnant girlfriend which I wanted to make something different, I...

    #lines_and_curves #pregancy #baby #mother #black__and_white #chrome_art #bump

    Editor's Note

    This is a portrait of a beautiful pregnant woman striking an elegant/sensual pose. Had this image... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    Imagine if.... mother nature was embodied in human form. the sun, the clouds, the river, the flow...

    #weather #water #raindrop #35mm #doubleexposure #sky #girl #flower #style #film

    This image represents my photographic journey as I navigate my way through trying to make good pi...

    #createitassignment #createit #vision #photographers_eye #blackandandwhite #yourshotbook

    With easy access to the short-lasting feelings of pleasure that drugs, alcohol, and self-harm may...

    #light #coping #portraitsofstrength #sexualassault #survive #strong #healing #survivor

    Editor's Note

    What a creation this is! The tile color is perfect! Whenever I think of hospitals I imagine white, pale green, or blue tiles. The items chosen to hang and to surround the young troubled lady are pe... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    So many times, when showering and pondering about life (as we all do) I would stand and watch my ...

    #silhouette #slenderman #ghost #scary #terror #surreal #arms #horror

    Editor's Note

    This is so cool. I was first taken by the abstract, almost comedic feel to this image, but after reading your caption, this has taken on a deeper meaning to me. I love being able to "see" your inte... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    Closeup of paper displaying curve shapes, an abstract image. Did you see a shape of lady resting ...

    #rest #feelings #female #paper #abstract #mood #curves #beach #body #golden #sunlight #shapes

    Editor's Note

    Let there be light! The lines, contrasts, movements, lights, and use of colors. What is there not... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    Take a great dancer, add flour... mix all

    #ballet #dancer #dust #shot

    Editor's Note

    What a fascinating faceless portrait with so much movement! Love the addition of the flour that c... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    Nowadays, everything is digitalized and children don't even go outside to play and socialize,...

    #violin #musical_key #symphony #notes #music #sonnet #sky #girl #environement #fairy_tales #nature

    With a vision in mind, my girlfriend and I ventured into this beautiful part of Kings Park, Weste...

    #kingspark #createit #western #tree #australia #root

    This image is inspired generally by opposition to gay marriage, and specifically by recent events...

    #create #religion #freedom #marriage

    Editor's Note

    To me, this is the strongest symbolic image I have seen submitted, with a powerful and thought-provoking message. Image is perfectly composed and executed, the idea is just phenomenal! Create, comp... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    About four days to try out the concept for the first time and here we have the caption of somethi...

    #arte #createit #thinker #sculpture #onblack #art #smoke #black #50mm #electronic #create_it

    Editor's Note

    After reading your description below of how this photograph and sculpture was made, I am truly am... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    playing with colorful leaves while I was thinking about something.

    #drop #play #leaves #colorful #create #water #leaf #broken #orenge #portrait #heart #style #green #nature

    Support the fight against Breast Cancer. The Pink Ribbon effect was achieved by bursting a water...

    #breast #pink #ribbon #water #breastcancer #awareness #pinkribbon #cancer

    Follow us on Instagram at larok.shank Photography of Martin Shank and Julie Larocque. Portr...

    #lightpainting #blue #lights #abstract #mysterious #woman #long_exposure #auqatic #portrait

    Editor's Note

    When you decided to use the blue and green light (two of my favorite colors) to create this masterpiece, you made it unforgettable to me; it stayed with me throughout the assignment. Her facial exp... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    I've always wanted a shot like this...a fun, summer one to showcase just what kids do in the summ...

    #summer #swimming #kids #pool

    A mother is dreaming about her child.

    #dream #mother #pregnant_lady

    This is a photo of my sister swimming in the pool.I carefully arranged her hair on top of the wat...

    #bnw #blacj_and_white #create_assignment #create_it_assignment #portrait #girl #create_it

    Editor's Note

    To say that this image stood out among the crowd is an understatement. The serene expression, the reflection of the clouds, and the general stillness of the moment are wonderful, not to mention the... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    I've been working for several years on a photo project in Venice, Italy. Feeling nostalgic ab...

    #landscape #nyc #createit #windows #water #blackandwhite #venezia #create_it_assignment #venice

    So many of you went to such great lengths to make art, but then many of you spent less time on the actual image making. We have a huge stack of the “almosts”,  the ones that had minor technical issues in composition or exposure, but became glaring when compared to the photos that worked. The photos that worked are the ones that made sense; the concept and the photograph. This is something Ivan often said in affirmation of a photo, especially the ones that didn’t need a lot of discussion, “It just makes sense.” 

    The line becomes blurry when you talk about art and what it is. It’s our jobs as photographers to show them that photography is art, that you can have it all. All of you succeeded tenfold. Whether you made it into the story or not, you tried. So many of you expanded your point of view, changed the way you thought and in the end, changed the way you see. That's all we really wanted. 

    Like Mike said, “Explore your ideas and see what becomes of them. You may realize you’re better than you ever thought you could be.”

    So rare to get a light painting shot to come out so clean and precise. I'm very pleased with how...

    #blue #light #abstract #colorful #water #painting #bright #ripples #refelction #spiral #color #long

    Editor's Note

    Of all the light painting images, this excelled in its striking nature. Bringing in the element of water and the reflected color, along with the precise circles, made this a favorite. It’s the perf... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    Congratulations to all of you. As a community, we learned more from each other and about each other than ever imagined. Thank you. 

    Your Editors,

    Jeanne, Liz, Ivan, and Mike

    Ivan and Mike visited National Geographic HQ to edit the assignment with Jeanne. Watch the video. 

    About the Editor
    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer
    Jeanne photo edits and produces top performing features Photo of the Day and the Daily Dozen. With a degree in photojournalism, she has worked as a photographer in D.C. and S. Korea with former positions at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Dept of Interior. @jeannemodd

    Photographers Published In the Story