So many of you rose to the occasion of crafting a beautiful self-portrait.
Thank you for sharing them with us and with the National Geographic Your Shot
community. Some of your submissions were simple, straightforward images that we
couldn’t stop looking at. Some were stories in and of themselves. They were
revealing and poignant. Many of you really took time to think about your
caption, giving us yet another way to access who you are as
Until we viewed our selects in their entirety, we didn't realize how
many black-and-white images we gravitated toward. Many of the black-and-whites
are successful because the portrait is reduced to its simplest elements of
shape and form.
most compelling images you sent us were minimally post-processed. They stood on
their own, without needing filters or frames to make them seem interesting.
And while many of you expressed your frustration in trying to capture yourself in a single image, we hope it stretched your comfort zone as a photographer. We suspect that the photo you actually submitted to this assignment wasn’t your first attempt, which we feel is part of the process.
We stayed away from the typical selfie
photos made at arm's reach or with your laptop camera. They tend to all look
Instead we were drawn to imaginative images that overflowed with
originality. Creative use of light is one way to make a boring photo more
interesting and interpretive.
Photographs that require a double take always catch
our eye. At first it looks like something else and you have to take a second
look to see what the image is really about. It's like a hidden surprise and we
If you’ve enjoyed this and if it’s something you want to explore
further, why not take a self-portrait every year around this time? You’ve got
364 days to plan.
Becky Hale is a studio photographer on staff with National Geographic magazine, working primarily out of the photo studio at Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. A frequent contributor to the Magazine, her work is wide ranging and includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. Despite spending ...
Mark Thiessen is a staff photographer with National Geographic for the past 15 years and is recognized for his work on science stories and wildfire. Recent stories include Methane, Titanic, and he was the expedition photographer chronicling filmmaker James Cameron’s dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in DeepSea ...