I Heart My City

Published Feb 26, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 19 Contributors

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    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor
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    Taken on a walk through my hearted city to reflect on a busy week I had. I rest for a while on th...

    #nightshot #melancholic #lights #dream #paris #bridges #angels

    Bright city lights, narrow alleys, misty mornings, and late evenings. Your photos took us on an insider’s tour of your favorite big cities and little-known corners, sharing all the reasons you heart your city.

    From Mondrian-inspired street scenes to intimate moments after a late night, you made us want to nestle a cup of coffee at the local café in Istanbul or watch an outdoor film under the stars in Pula, Croatia. We loved seeing the grit of a narrow walkway to an unknown destination in Amsterdam and the steam soaked window of a restaurant named Coney Island ... in Indiana.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted—we hope you join us to wander the streets of cities around the globe in this Your Shot story.

    Sunlight bath

    #street #sunlight #people

    Editor's Note

    It's all about mood. The sunlight streaking into the narrow alley sets the mood for this photo, while the restaurant awnings jutting in from the left suggest busy crowds may later appear. This phot... More

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor

    This is autumn in my city - the capital city of Latvia - Riga. Centre of Riga.

    #autumn #latvia #fog #riga

    During the feast dedicated to St.George in Victoria ,Gozo,Malta captured this overhead shot of th...

    #malta #child #band #instruments #feast #festa #islands #gozo #meditereanean #victoria #boy #culture

    Munich, subway station - Westfriedhof. Munich has one of the worlds best public transportation s...

    #light #architecture #subways #iheartmycity #munich #places #travel #color

    After a summer storm washes away the every day grime. True color of the city shines through. Ta...

    #fresh #vibrant #city #clean #bestoftheworld #rain #urban #color

    Editor's Note

    This frame is alive with activity. An elevated view like this one can often bring a refreshing perspective to a common scene and excite viewers with an unexpected glimpse of city life.

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor

    two lovers hiding from public.

    #losangeles #night #summer #lovers #couple #romantic #secret #explore #people

    A tiny, hole in the wall little coffee shop on the Asian side of Istanbul. Existed for years. Pas...

    #undiscovered #original #real #istanbul #coffeeshop #coffee #turkish

    While exploring Amsterdam, I came across this dark alley in the deepest, darkest depths of the city.

    #graffiti #city #underground #amsterdam #urban #mycity

    Follow me. This frame bids the viewer to enter the frame and quickly hustle down the alley. Crowds and far-off lights suggest the path will end in a night with a story, and the graffiti reminds us that sometimes the most fun to be had in a city is a little more gritty. The wide angle focuses our view and works with the graffiti to suggest we may be about to enter an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole.

    A group of street musicians before playing for the crowd.

    #sombrero #mexico #perfomance #music #street #chihuahua

    The photo is taken during a movie projection on Pula Film Festival in my hometown Pula, Croatia

    #night #cinema #stars #film #startrails

    Getting lost in the narrow streets of this picturesque old city was like going back in time.

    A small girl's view of the big world outside her window. A big city, this is Tokyo.

    #moment #city #iheartmycity #portrait #children #people #view #sunset #cassandraoleary

    It's been a very cold winter, so the ice in the harbour is quite thick. Strong winds have scoured...

    #winter #ice #cold #frozen #snow #toronto #bestoftheworld #sunset

    Looking over the rooftops of Lisbon from the Santa Justa lelevator. Here is the panoramic view...

    #portugal #fisheye #elevator #lisboa #lisbon #santa_justa

    Rather than peer over the railing, this frames looks down and allows the viewer to feel the hike to the top of the stairs, while the never-ending rooflines suggest there is a rewarding view of the city at the top of the stairs.

    Junction of elevated road,shanghai.

    #yanan

    Editor's Note

    Though slow exposures of cars rushing on busy highways is a common way to visually express a city... More

    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor

    Making a cocktail can be quite an art.

    #sanfrancisco #city #portraits #lifestyle #cocktails #people #places #urban #drinks

    The inviting warmth of the interior and "Coney Island" sign displaced by the frost on the window ...

    #winter #hotdogs #night #cold #frostedglass #snow #coneyisland #window #xpro1 #fortwayne

    Low clouds streaming past the approach to the Golden Gate Bridge and past the San Francisco skyli...

    #sanfrancisco #iheartmycity #sanfranciscobay #lowclouds #travel #fog #sunset

    Cities are, in many ways, living organisms. From noisy car engines thunking as a city’s heartbeat to lights bouncing and flickering like an eye. The experience of visiting a city can be difficult photograph well, but you captured the cities you love. We can’t wait to visit. See you soon.

    About the Editor
    Sarah Polger
    Senior Photo Editor
    Sarah Polger has over twelve years experience in visual storytelling, focusing on multimedia and digital platforms. She is a Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Society and member of the Travel and Adventure Digital team.

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