How Close Can You Get?

Published Jul 30, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 39 Contributors

    39 photos selected by

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer
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    Charcoal production from coconut husks is a unique profession carried on for decades by these cha...

    #smoke #worker #culture #work #labour #charcoal #pain

    First of all, thank you to the Your Shot community, which is impressively engaged and committed. It’s inspiring to see so many folks out there who love photography and, regardless of skills and experience, use photography as part of their daily lives. It was also inspiring to see how many folks worked hard to apply themselves specifically to this assignment, producing at times original work of great quality and impact. And then there were those who looked back into their archives to find personal gems. Together, these impulses show how the power of photography continues to stimulate and move people to create and share images with one another. This assignment is particularly important to me, as it reflects my personal approach and, in a way, the human being I am. I love getting close to people and learning as much as I can about their lives. This not only helps me in my work, but it also informs the person I naturally am. I wonder how much you felt comfortable doing this assignment? Or did you feel challenged? Getting close in life and in photography isn't always easy.

    There were many touching, powerful, fun, weird, and interesting images submitted. What I was looking for were real moments, spontaneity, no eye contact by the subject with the camera, a sense of intimacy, and the feeling of being “inside” or “near” the subject and situation.

    A group of young male triathletes wearing blue swim caps wait for the start of their race in Auck...

    #portraits #candid #d #triathlon #swimmers #new_zealand #children #sport #boys #people #places #travel

    Editor's Note

    The light is painterly in this image. The faces body language and expressions of the kids is priceless and evokes a feeling of timelessness. The light blue caps in repetition is also an important aspect of what makes this image feel so light, airy and sweet.

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    I stumbled onto the Tartan Day Parade in midtown Manhattan a couple months ago. I saw the little ...

    #tartandayparade #nyc #street

    A traditional electric bus full of tourists in Lisbon.

    #window #bus #electrico #girls #transportation #smile #electric #city #people #lisboa

    A Sicilian family watch the Holy Week procession in Marsala

    #marsala #week #sicily #holy

    Family Kostic was very large family living in village Retimlje near Velika Hoca (Kosovo, Serbia)....

    #war #father #family #life #son #anger

    Editor's Note

    What a great character with a face that reflects a tough life. The moment and expression are excellent. The light is perfect and the composition exquisitely simple and perfect.

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    With a mixture of rain and a large spotlight, I captured an interesting design on my fiancé face.

    #painting #girl #portrait #face

    My daughter loves to play hide and go seek but she is not too good at it. I'm still not sure how ...

    #childhood #bush #girl #black_and_white #hide

    Boys chase a van through Kenya's Machakos district, and one catches a ride on its bumper

    #window #kenya #road #boy #view #van #children #africa #boys

    a magic moment in the mirror

    #lipstick #woman #fashion #red

    Our driver in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, who played shingalese music in our trips and helped us in ever...

    #bw #sri_lanka #driver #sigiriya #portrait #tuk_tuk

    © raffaele montepaone all rights reserved

    #woman #reportage #black_and_white #life #portrait

    Editor's Note

    This image combines an effective use of foreground and background to tell a story, a great character, or "face" to convey emotion, a strong moment and lovely textures and tones.

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    The Kipsongo Slum is home to more than 13,000 displaced Turkana and Pokot people who live on only...

    #kenya #kitale #kipsongoslum #survivingkipsongo

    Editor's Note

    This image has an unearthly quality. The expression, the face, the pose, the positioning of the subject in the midst of the green, with a dramatic sky, the excellent production of this image all combine to make a compelling, storytelling image. I want to know what's going on, why she's doing this and who s... More

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    Holding my father's hand as he lay dying. It was clenched tightly into a fist. All I could do was...

    #death #dying #family #love #deathbed

    iki's Dad, Bud, breaks down en route to the church to give away his little girl on her wedding d...

    #tears #compassion #emotion #father #daughter #empathy #joy #love #wedding

    A team lifts a portable shrine house, known as a mikoshi, into the air during the Gion Matsuri in...

    #gion_matsuri #shrine #japan #matsusaka #gion_festival #festival

    Unique hot spring in Jigokudani, near Nagano, Japan, hosts japanese macaques warming up in hot wa...

    #winter #snowmonkeys #hotspring #japanesemacaques #japan #love #greatnature #animal #nagano

    It always amazes me despite their quarrels during the day, they always seek each other at night f...

    #together #close #family #love #portrait

    Personal project to explore the power of the color powder on face

    #crystal #color #powder #miller

    Editor's Note

    This is one of the few very closeup images I chose for the final edit, because it combines an angelic like face, great colors and texture, a thought provoking expression and begs the viewer to learn more about what is going on.

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    In the summer of 2012 I went to work as a photographer for an all boys camp called Camp Choconut....

    #stare #bw #boy #intense #eyes #look

    the photo was taken at sylhet, BD.

    #people #portraits #stranger #sylhet #elderly_women_1 #eyes #elderly_women

    I asked her if I could take a portrait and she let me.

    #people #photography #black_and_white #street #portrait

    I was visiting the town of Pisaq and noted the two women outside of their home. We struck up a co...

    #peru #people

    Every 24 May the small seaside town of Les Saintes Maries de la Mer hosts the Gitan Pilgrimage. "...

    #horses #camargue

    this was taken at Shakharibazar,Dhaka,Bangladesh on the ocassion of Holi !

    #excitement #people #culture #holi #bangladesh #portrait #life #color #festival

    SANT QUINTI DE MEDIONA, SPAIN - JUN 22: Correfoc performance Jun 22, 2013 in Sant Quinti de Medio...

    #catalonia #celebration #correfoc #catalan #fire

    A daughter and mother embrace their dad/husband at the airport after he was released from a hosta...

    #hostage

    As time goes by, many things change. But other remain the same.

    #happiness #family #smile #love

    They were about to take her down the hall to surgery and she was terrified. After a week in the h...

    #sick #surgery #illness #child #how #hugging #fear #childrens_hospital #hospital

    My son made a beautiful necklace at summer camp and he wanted to show it off. The location was e...

    #portrait #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    The lighting is very strong in this image, and the pose and use of the beads across his eyes makes for a mysterious moment. I love the impressionistic background, that further lends a surreal quality to this picture.

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    Residents of artist's studios are relaxing with friends. People are often looking for a sense of...

    #confort #friendship #warm #love

    Gymnastics team in between routines.

    #gymnastics #kids

    The ritual that we are about to touch on is called DONDI. It is a ritual of Hindus, performed on ...

    #travel #explore #hindu_goddess #dondi #voodoo #self_portrait #spirit #people #rituals #reflection

    Editor's Note

    What a moment! What a composition! The reflections of the figures in the background, her pose, my gosh this is one of the most striking and beautiful images I've seen in a while. Yet, even in this close up moment of a human being who is vulnerable and exposed, I feel her dignity and beauty preserved. Magic!

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    Students of acting during the pause between two parts of the play "Two lovers on underground rail...

    #people #black_and_white

    The best of the bunch achieved at least some if not all of these qualities. What didn’t work as effectively were images made with a long lens to make it seem like you were close. Or when folks got physically close without really capturing a feeling or mood. I’m all about emotions, composition, layered worlds created by using the visual language of photography. How can we use this very limited frame to create stories and characters, illicit emotions, and use this universal language to speak to one another.

    This was taken at a market in Mumbai, India. In the middle of the buzzling market, this mother an...

    #povertyinindia #slum #people #mumbai #market

    I saw these sibling sharing a small bench as their bed in the middle of a local market at Cebu in...

    #cebu #people #street_candid #market_street #life

    The lamentation of a mother abandon by her children. Her very expression seems to ask: "What have...

    #mother #old #abandon

    This photo was taking in the final days before my mothers death from cancer. Although my mother w...

    #death #family #love

    Huong, 62 year old widow, shaving for her son, Dai, 33 years old. Homeless, they've been living u...

    #jamesduong #homeless

    Editor's Note

    This is one of the strongest photojournalistic images from the assignment, where the photographer was obviously in a very intimate situation with a subject that has a story to tell yet requires maintaining his dignity. The composition is very effective, by placing the main subject in the bottom right corne... More

    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer

    Many of you submitted beautiful portraits, which I did not respond to to the same degree, as that wasn’t the assignment. But some of the portraits were stunning, and I did include a few. I also tended to avoid portraits in which there was eye contact with the camera. I was really looking for candid moments, which meant some very beautiful images were not in the final selection because they seemed setup or posed. That is fine and is a part of the language and among the approaches of photography, but for this assignment I really wanted to see the magic of a captured, candid moment from close range or one that evoked a feeling of being close.

    About the Editor
    Ed Kashi
    National Geographic Photographer
    Ed Kashi is an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker who has produced 17 stories for National Geographic magazine. A pioneer in multimedia, Kashi has worked in video and film for more than a decade, documenting the social and political issues that define our times. His images have been published and exhibited ...
    154 comments
    Rajendra Maheshwari
    Rajendra Maheshwari

    Great work by clicking all kinds of moods of  human beings by the Photographers from all over the World. Bravo !

    Akhil  Haridas
    Akhil Haridas

    Great Contributions and excellent Photography.......

    Debjit Ghosh
    Debjit Ghosh

    Exclnt photography with great composition and frame.

    Luba Rascheff
    Luba Rascheff

    Thanks Ed, for all your insight. I learned much from this assignment.

    Nishant Verma
    Nishant Verma

    Well deserved everyone :) 


    Great job as an editor Ed Kashi (y)

    Sabyasachi Banerjee
    Sabyasachi Banerjee

    Very nice imagery....


    Ed Kashi's commentary about what makes the photo outstanding..should provide some pointers to aspiring photographers


    Congratulations to those who made it to the selection.

    Archana Sharma
    Archana Sharma

    Inspiring collection! Congratulations to all the winners!

    Enkhbayar Mishigdorj
    Enkhbayar Mishigdorj

    Inspired!!! Amazed!!! what shot!!! Proud of all contributors! Hope one day I will catch up with you guys for I am a beginner just starting up my shooting hobby :) 


    Barbara Dudley
    Barbara Dudley

    Wonderful...Congratulations to all who contributed...Beautiful work... :)

    Richa Mourya
    Richa Mourya

    i couldn't blink my eyes while watching the pictures. i admire all the works. and congratulations to all the contributors. 

    Alexandra D.
    Alexandra D.

    Joined this site a little late! I had a good photo for this category. oh well, maybe a similar one will pop up soon :)

    Dornadula C.
    Dornadula C.

    Amazing photographs......each one tell a story. Congrats to all the winners!!

    Radu Zaciu
    Radu Zaciu

    Great selection! Thank you, Ed for opening our eyes to a different angle on photography

    shilpa honakeri
    shilpa honakeri

    Amazing story with great and inspiring images..!! Congrats to all the winners..!! :)

    ANZAR SAEED
    ANZAR SAEED

    its great learning for me.... truly Inspired.....  

    Onkita Adhikary
    Onkita Adhikary

    Congratulations to all the deserving winners..every picture was unique and thanks to Mr. Kashi and Nat Geo for this lovely collage of static magic! 

    tanushree tripathi
    tanushree tripathi

    its really great to see such good photos coming out in the end 

    Kevin Russbach
    Kevin Russbach

    Excellent!

    But, what I really mean is E X C E L L E N T !! 

    So many meaningfully intense captures  . . . a lesson in photography, compassion and realization!

    Thanks to all the participants and NG staff.

    Wishing you well,

    Kevin


    Jim Hamano
    Jim Hamano

    I haven't run across a collection of stunning shots like these in a long time. maybe never. thanks so much for putting the collection together. this is totally inspirational and as a street photographer, I can't get enough. grazie mille.

    Ian Stroet
    Ian Stroet

    These are all amazing photos, congrats too all of you were chosen. :)


    I just have one thing to say to the Editor, I thought he didn't want an posed pictures. ie. portraits. He even went on to send us messages telling us to get shots of subjects that aren't aware of the photo being taken and yet he has chosen a handful of "portraits" for this gallery. 


    Once again this is definitely not a negative to any of the photographers who's amazing photos were chosen. 

    Maria Crocco
    Maria Crocco

    There are some truly amazing photographers that walk through this planet...I love them all :) 

    Connie Koehler
    Connie Koehler

    Dear Ed Kashi, thank you for your insight on each capture you chose for this assignment. I also congratulate the photographers you chose.

    LaDonna Reed
    LaDonna Reed

    Congratulations to everyone. These photos are inspirational and beautiful, many of these are my favorites, these will continue to aspire me take photos, hopefully beautiful or equally as beautiful, I hope this will be my "place" one day, but I will continue taking photos no matter what.

    DOLORS BAS
    DOLORS BAS

    Impressive!  congrats to every body

    Michael S.
    Michael S.

    Inspiring! I'm just entering the world of photography and seeing pictures like this is a wonderful way to see where someday I'll be I hope! 

    Yasmin Abdel Monem
    Yasmin Abdel Monem

    Great story, not an easy assignment, many photos are really touching; but I wonder why are there so many black and white photos?

    Wayne Ross
    Wayne Ross

    @Ian Stroet

    I agree with you totally concerning wanting no "closeup" work, portraits, or eye contact with the camera. And yet there are several shot which have just that even after several messages from the editor not to do so...

    And yes.... like you I'm note trying to be negative here. All the shots were great and I'm certain that choosing them out of thousands was a huge undertaking.

    Connie Koehler
    Connie Koehler

    I even congratulate the ones you did not choose. Impressive wide range of photography.

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