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.
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.
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.
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.
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.