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Minimalism

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Published Mar 14, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    21 photos selected by

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    follow me in my poetical world ... sometimes you may Wonder where ends the sky, where begins the...

    #blue #jetty #minimalism #minimalism_assignment #dog #lake

    Thank you so much for being a part of my first Your Shot assignment. I had so much fun. Matt Adams and I are currently in Austin, TX at SXSW — representing Your Shot and hosting photo walks led by National Geographic photographers David Guttenfelder, Cory Richards, and Aaron Huey — and we met Your Shot photographers Osman Sharif and Lawrence Gambone, both of whom submitted to this assignment. Now my job editing this assignment down from 19,574 photos becomes even harder because I am going to feel really bad if I don’t choose their submissions to my final story. But I am not here to choose from my favorite photographers; I am selecting my favorite photos.

    Most complex life begins with an embryonic cell that divides and gives rise to the organisms. Thi...

    #naked #conceptual #ocean #blackandwhite #birth #underwater #biology

    Editor's Note

    All life began in the primordial soup, and while we as land dwelling animals can take that for granted, it is how we start even in our mothers' wombs- in a liquid soup. Water is life. - Asher Jay. ... More

    Asher Jay
    National Geographic Explorer and Creative Conservationist

    Yesterday we had surprisingly warm weather here on the East Coast. All the windows were open and ...

    #portraits #children

    Editor's Note

    "I came into my room to find my daughter 'hiding' behind the curtains, feeling its softness blowing between her hands." There is such an intimate playfulness in this photo that makes me miss my nie... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Seeking serenity a young family decides to hike the mesquite dunes of Death Valley avoiding both...

    #sandunes #night #california #nationalpark #deathvalley #moonlight #sand #hikers #desert

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful; it feels like a scene from a sci-fi space thriller, where stranded astronauts are exploring an uncharted alien planet light years away from Earth, hoping, searching, praying f... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Its 14.16pm and a lady puts her feet up and enjoys the calm and stillness of the stadium, where ...

    #abstract #people #places #exploringtime

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic. I love Your Shot user Melanie B.'s comment: "Such uniformity and neatness, and suddenly there is a human taking up space non-conforming as humans want to do. The person really suggests t... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Saturday we were skiing between the clouds, literally sandwiched in between two thick but distinc...

    #heavens #skiing #weather #fantasy #clouds #mountains #alps #nature

    Let’s do the math: I chose 21 images which means there was a 0.107% chance of your photo being selected. So how did I chose these 21 images for the final story? These are MY favorites that visually represent the definition of minimalism. But more importantly, remember what I wrote in my introduction: “think about the concept behind this assignment in not just your composition, but in the mood your photo evokes. Don’t forget that minimalism is also a feeling.” Anyone can shoot minimally, but can you make me feel something — emotionally, intellectually, or creatively? Did you spark my curiosity or imagination? Did you make me care?

    She's not always a morning person, but she's always a sun person.

    #sunrise #light #morning #window

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful; I love the way she is playing with the sun on the wall. And your caption feels like a lyric from a song — "She's not always a morning person, but she's always a sun person." —... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Motherhood in a sun filled room.

    #motherandchild #connection #beautifullight #breastfeeding #love #geometricshadows

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful, such a quiet and intimate moment. I love how the room is empty — no furniture, no color, no distraction... there is nothing to take me away from feeling the simple love betwee... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Young woman trying to climb at the top of the hill above the Aegean Sea. Greece

    #climping #silhouette #sunrise #blue #aegean #minimal #sea #woman

    Editor's Note

    The simplicity in your frame allows me to focus on the experience that the silhouetted climber must be having in such a magical location. What a lovely way to spend the day, especially as the sun i... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Among Chinese main cities, Harbin is famous for its coldest and longest winter. Ice and snow give...

    #white #work #snow #sculpture #art

    Editor's Note

    I like how the yellow crane and artist's red jacket pop against a background gradient of white... but I really love how there is an additional visual layer: the faint presence of ice sculptures bar... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    She stayed there for almost half an hour, not moving, analyzing every single image of her beloved...

    #person #bangkok #minimalism #highkey #architecture #lines #museum #alone #thailand

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic Gloria. Just like the subject in your photo, I too stared and analyzed. You've done an excellent job taking advantage of the repetition in the patterns created by the architecture AND exh... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Early this year a dear friend died of cancer. This sweater was hers and I wear it often now. I th...

    #hands #abstract #reflection #minimalism #self_portrait #memories #people #quietmoments

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot user Lawrence Sibley's comment: "The hand gesture and the symmetrical reflection subtly evoke[s] a theme of connectedness and relationship —over which a shadow has fallen. Knowing ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The red arrows flying in formation through a moody sky. While the planes are pin sharp (on the hi...

    #bw #precision #formation #aviation #redarrows #contrast #smoke #flight #sky #hook

    Editor's Note

    By shooting really wide, this frame now becomes epic — like a scene from an action movie. I feel like I can hear the roar from the jets flying in formation. Awesome.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is the first time I took out my camera to look for a specific picture. Not something I came ...

    #leapoffaith #challenges #monochromatic #simple #minimalism #stairs

    Editor's Note

    I am so proud of you Jahnavi, for taking out your camera and challenging yourself to find a photo for this assignment. I applaud your effort — which was successful. And then I love how thoughtful y... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Everything is ready for lunch, apart food

    #gobi_desert #desrt #picnic

    Editor's Note

    There is such a wonderful mystery in your frame that I like, and I find my imagination daydreaming about the story you're about to share with me. And then your caption adds a hint of humor, which m... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The bicycle path leading to the fields where my son plays soccer takes me along an industrial ter...

    #stripes #warehouse #building #door #abstract #industrial #minimalism #red #netherlands #green

    Editor's Note

    I really like Your Shot user Lawrence Sibley's comment: "The red door in your photo has that surreal quality. It seems like it could be an exit out of the sphere of the illusion of this reality." I... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

    #st_louis #minimalism_assignment #architecture #arch #travel #culture #gateway

    Editor's Note

    My first photo internship was at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I loved it. I'll never forgetting driving in from Ohio, and seeing the Gateway Arch in the far distance. In the three months I lived in... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Flying in the water

    #hole #blue #monochromatic #water #huehuetenango #swim #monocrhome #cenote #human

    Editor's Note

    I love the way the water ripples lead my eye to the floating girl, who also is singular spot of color in a fairly monochromatic frame. And by shooting wide, you've established (for me) that she is ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Among the bright, bold & busy paintings at the Miro Gallery in Barcelona, this one seemed to stan...

    #minimalism #art

    Editor's Note

    I love how you've mirrored the Miro painting with the woman in your photograph; she is standing approximately in the same space of the frame where the dot is in the painting. So as she ponders the ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    So many people praying Traweeh in Holy Mosque ( Ramadan ) .

    #mecca #saudi #makkah #people #haram #travel

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic Ammar. Your Shot users — this is a great example of impressing me in the interpretation of the Minimalism assignment, and exceeding my expectations. Look at this photo from far away, you ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I took this photograph inside a mosque in Istanbul of a woman praying. Taken out of its actual co...

    #judgement #identity #silohuette #outline #bias

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic use of light to create a powerful portrait. I love what you wrote in your caption: "Each one of us will conclude what [we] see based on our backgrounds and our own experiences and biases,... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I know I am not going to make everyone happy because we all see the world differently. That is what makes photography such a powerful vehicle to advocate, educate, engage, and inspire. Photography is YOUR voice and vision. And that is why I love Your Shot, because as a global community representing 195 countries, together we have the special opportunity to learn from each other one photo at a time.

    David Y. Lee

    About the Editor
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, I covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project featuring people connected by the decision to say yes to the gift of ...

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