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.
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?
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