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I Love You

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Published Sep 20, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 34 Contributors

    34 photos selected by

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Is it possible love between human and sculpture ? Yes, at least in NY city at High Line it's!

    #letsexplore #summer #nyc #abstract #city #love #portrait #people

    While on assignment, there comes a time where we may begin questioning ourselves. Over-thinking the story. Believing we’re seeing the narrative, but worrying we’re only seeing the surface. This also happens to me from time to time while photographing stories for National Geographic magazine.

    It’s normal.

    During the two weeks of editing your images, I could sense that some of you felt the same way. After beginning, many of you began to move beyond the obvious interpretations of the theme of “I Love You.” And you arriving to that sacred place where art, poetry, life and love intersect.

    The love in the houses of Maramures. A life together.

    #tradition #travelling #romania #life #iloveyou #home #love #house #people #maramures #smile #reportage

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic portrait, Stafano. Lighting, composition, feeling, all. Wonderful for Love assignment.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    We all find our thing that soothes and comforts us. For my toddler, her thing wasn't a possession...

    #familyphotojournalism #documentarymaternity #documentaryfamilyphotography

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful, Lisa. Excellent use of shadows, contrast, composition, bringing the topic of I Love You from what otherwise could be a simple frame, much deeper into the layers of mystery, enchantment a... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Back home for several weeks. Plenty of beautiful moments, lots of hugs and quality time with fami...

    #blackandwhite #everyday #family

    Editor's Note

    Also brilliant. The moment, all playing out before, where you see, felt and yes, captured the moment...the power of all that was to come will never be like this moment. That is the power of photogr... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    This picture shows that there is a married couple over 90 years old. The wife went blind in 20 ye...

    #vietnamese #happiness #together #elderly #emotion #vietnam #life #happy #portrait #love #people #asia

    Editor's Note

    What a truly beautiful moment you've captured. I especially love your caption; it made my decision to choose it for the DD that much easier. The lighting is perfection and showcases all of the tend... More

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer

    Bride and groom dancing side by side in the light and colors! They celebrate the beginning of the...

    #groom #light #bride #newlife #culure #music #family #findingfamily #people #iran #dance #color

    Editor's Note

    Absolutely wonderful, Saeed. Love this for the assignment, now of the best wedding images I've seen. So much to ponder, feel...

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    My two loves in one picture. My beautiful girlfriend and nature. This is a drone long exposure. I...

    #landscape #drone_photography #hiking #hike #drone #newyork #longe_exposure #waterfall #nature

    Editor's Note

    Sean, you found and gave us all the love of life, our earth -- the only place we can call home -- the beauty and grander that is beyond us as simple humans, where nature creates, organically, natur... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    You may be wondering why the final edits for I Love You did not touch so much upon the expected: fingers gently held into the shape of a heart, a couple walking along a beach holding hands, or padlocks on a bridge. To be compelling, photography has to be much more than the expected.

    What I looked for most while looking through your submissions were the subtleties—images posing questions that could be answered with beauty and love. In such photographs, the moment had to be well composed. Successful photos are where design, content, composition, lighting, and meaning coalesce into one image that is filled with emotion, connections, and purpose.

    Each of you clearly worked so hard and created lovely images. The final selections share deep emotions, touching on topics that are pressing in our global society today.

    Leen Issa, a Syrian refugee, comforts her daughter, 11 year-old Rezan, who was filling ill the mo...

    #border #daughter #illness #care #camp #mother #idomeni #refugee #comfort #greece #immigration #tent

    Editor's Note

    Jodi...thank you...thank you for this powerful image. Was hoping photographers for this YourShot assignment would go well outside of the comfort zone of narrative storytelling, going deeper into th... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    My dearest friends. Taking care of our parents, is something many don't get to experience in thi...

    Editor's Note

    Powerful, touching moment, Eadie. Also shows that the camera which makes phone calls has equal power, purpose, than any other camera. Pleased you brought this theme, kindness, to this assignment ab... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Unilateral love

    #indoor #concept #conceptual #bride #sad #egypt #love #potrairt #girl #color

    Editor's Note

    Very powerful conceptual image for I Love You assignment, Mohamed. Knowing such topic in the Midd... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    I am not the strongest man. I am not the fastest man. I am not the most handsome or the bravest b...

    #hug #iloveyouassignment #colors #love

    Our home runs on love, laughter and strong coffee!

    #bw #family

    The mother nursing her child is the ultimate love of a mother.

    #son #child #place #baby #mother #portrait #love #breastfeed #people #travel

    Editor's Note

    No greater love than a mother nourishing her child, giving life, sustain life through love to kindness. Well photographed as well, gentle and giving. Thank you, Annabelle.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    The ocean is made up of salty tears – the tears of people’s suffering, the tears of joy, tears of...

    #emotion #abstract #ocean #tears #crying

    Editor's Note

    Lovely...unexpected and giving.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Couple very happy in old age.

    #airportscenesprotecttheselandsmyclimateactiontellyourpollutionstoryland

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful portrait Nguyễn. Filled with light, meaning and yes, Love...

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A couple kissing during the Philadelphia LGBT Outfest 2016 block party. Outfest, the largest Nati...

    #philly #national_coming_out_day #portraits #streets #people #places #travel #culture #pride #lgbt

    Editor's Note

    Important issue, especially today, on why love is universal, no matter who we choose to love. All is love. Thank you, Shantanu.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A city with full of the crowd suddenly gets stopped with a rainy moment.Where everyone waits for ...

    #night #water #dhaka #rain #natgeo #assignment #drown

    Editor's Note

    Love the moment and the light here, Asif. Great framing as well as we're far away from our subject but can still feel the love between these two.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Having fought ovarian cancer for six years, my 93-year-old mother came home on December 8, 2016 a...

    #death #grandmother #dying #family_bonds #family #love #granddaughter #hospice #cancer

    Editor's Note

    Layered, touching, beautiful moment of love, Kathryn. Very important bringing to this assignment ... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Shravan's parents were hermits. His Parents Name was Shantanu and Gyanvanti. Once they told him t...

    #natgeo_assignment #natgeo_yourshot #natgeo_asia #expouser #dailydoezen #pilgrim #mist

    My two years old nephew hiding behind the curtain. I moved out from my home town 10 years ago an...

    #kyoto

    The Birthday Event of new born girl completing her first year and family members were celebrating...

    #first #together #baby #birthday #people #celebrating

    Editor's Note

    Great light, sense of distance is so welcoming. So interesting to move the eye around the entire frame, discovering so many pieces. Well done to present this for the assignment, Sparsh

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    In this digitised robotic world, where mostly kids love to play with mobile, computer games and t...

    #withkids #streetlife #kolkata

    Editor's Note

    City of Joy, the City of Love, my favorite city on earth. Beautiful moment, Gautam. Very appreciative you bringing this topic of street children, poverty, where in life it is not the love we find i... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    My twin sister, Lisa, kisses our Grand’Ma goodnight before she heads back home. Since she moved f...

    #iloveyou #family #colorfull #endlesslove

    Editor's Note

    Very sweet, tender moment, Chioé. Lighting, composition. All well done. Pleased you and many others are bringing to this assignment on love something different, important, powerfully photographed.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    I stand on the bridge to take photo. A Moslem women takes her kids cross the street. At the momen...

    #touchingcross #cross #shadow #artshadow

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful use of shadows, perspective, daily life, tones and yes, love. A very giving eye you have, Nguyen, touching on many topics including, Love.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Within these images you will find the comfort of love among families who have lost their homeland. The beauty of birth, and the gentle, powerful touches of love as we move towards death. The need for love when hatred and indifference rear in unpleasantness. The whimsical dance of two seals, symbolizing our hope that all living species need and feel the natural urge we humans are given at birth, that of unconditional love.

    I want to thank each of you for your commitment to this latest YourShot assignment. Wherever the journey of life takes you, remember to be fascinated, giving in all, to all you see.

    John Stanmeyer

    Love is never felt more strongly then when you are missing someone. We may not understand it but ...

    #iloveyouassignment #portrait #black__and_white #people

    Editor's Note

    So beautiful, powerful caption with a poetic, deep meaning image. Very felt. Thank you, Shannon...

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    The Most Important Thing In The World Is Family And Love...... !

    #happy #family #hope

    Editor's Note

    So good, Adeel...well photographed, a moment of pleasure, happiness, family and love. The richness of culture dripping in equally rich tones. Pleased you bring something different to this assignment.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    I chose to do this photo in black and white because I feel it helps deliver it's powerful message...

    #boston #lovewins #blackandwhite #stophate #love #photography

    Editor's Note

    I was there at this rally in Boston, Greg. Extremely important after a week before when I was in Charlottesville where all we witnessed was hatred. While I normally do not edit nor even choose for ... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    Alzheimer's came and my mother began to fade away, slowly, day by day, week by week. On a good d...

    #mother #alzheimers

    Editor's Note

    Thank you, Danny, for bringing awareness to Alzheimers. Using this topic, theme of love, as reminder that love is not solely two people kissing or animals in cute repose. Love is the connective tis... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    The title fits my picture perfectly. It is not uncommon for me to go upstairs to see how my partn...

    #callummcadam #man #dog #blackandwhite #wildyouth #love

    Editor's Note

    Gentle kindess. Yes, love. Touching, Sarah, and well photographed

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    On Mother's day a Russian kid celebrate in Athens at Syntagma square the Victory Day of USSR army...

    #mothers_day #russian #kid #victory_day

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful the tenderness of love, Alexandros

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    His father left him with many goats and sheep but now he is suffering from Glaucoma, condition of...

    #eyes #pain #sight #gender

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    If you have ever been a caregiver or needed one then you know of their steadfast love. For this ...

    #caregiver #love #devotion

    Editor's Note

    Don, very important, topical and true that love is also caregiving. Thank you bringing this assignment on Love to another level, the way I had hoped everyone will do, looking not at the obvious. Ra... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    old grand mother acting as physiotherapist, is custom that has been passed from generations to ge...

    #generation #physiotherapist #generation_gap #traditionalphysiotherapy #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    Lovely approach to seeing love, Dhanushanka. This assignment topic needn't be directly an image of people in love or an animal or landscape we love. Love is touch, compassion, passing along traditi... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    As you witness the bond between a parent and their children you are seeing the truest love one ca...

    #motherhood #son #peekaboo #newborn #breastfeeding #mother #pottytraining

    Editor's Note

    Absolutely love this image, the moment, Shelby. Wonderful for the love of motherhood, the kindness of children. All is here, life, love and being. Brava!

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    About the Editor
    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer
    John Stanmeyer is a humanist, photojournalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker and field recordist dedicated to social and political issues that define our times. Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine, producing over 14 stories for the magazine and resulting in 10 covers. Between 1998 and ...

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