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.