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The World Next Door

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Published Nov 3, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 12 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Picture taken by my son Kenaz (7 Year old) on the streets of Bangalore of a street food PaniPuri ...

    #bangalore #at #street #food

    I’m going to go ahead and say it: This is the hardest assignment Your Shot has ever run. It not only asked for real human contact and communication, but also for you to let go of part of your own work to help a child. I think that with the right equipment, nearly anyone can make a fancy photo of the night sky or an exotic festival or a flower, but there is no shortcut to this kind of photography. For that reason we had substantially fewer entries.

    Much of what I'm sharing in this published story is not the paragon of technical ability or composition, but these parents and children are examples of the spirit I was looking for. These photographers and little shooting partners did something that's much more interesting to me than digging though old archives to pull out “best of” shots. These photographers went out together in search of something much more meaningful than a postcard photo. So to those of you who embraced the spirit of this assignment, I say thank you. Your work, I hope, will likely carry on for many years with your child.

    This picture was taken by me with the coconut in front and store keeper in the background with on...

    #sidewalk #coconutstoreon

    Editor's Note

    Nilay, I like very much that you are down at the level of a child looking up at this scene. Havi... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    While living in China I home schooled my 15 year old step-daughter to prepare her for life in Ame...

    #ask_a_local_assignment #the_world_next_door #documentary #china #follow_me_assignment

    Editor's Note

    This is a nice simple image of something we are not used to seeing in America, that is quite ordinary in China. The direct side framing is perfect for this. Good work positioning yourself to cut ... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    My step-daughter Lanlan sometimes visits her real birth-father who lives in Shenyang,China. I’ve ...

    #the_world_next_door #autorepair #documentary #china #father_and_son

    Editor's Note

    This is one of our favorite images by parents or children (the children are winning!). A very intimate moment between two people. These are the moments we should all be training our eyes to see. ... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    We love traveling together, sometimes on vacations sometimes he comes on assignments with me as I...

    Editor's Note

    The photographs taken by the children are my favorite! This one is a perfect example, its loose and close and makes me feel like I am there. Shady places on bright days always make for great shoo... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    As we carried on walking after the tea we stopped as he wanted to watch all the action that was g...

    Editor's Note

    We like John Jr's photo that goes with this one best, because its up close and personal, but your... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Skate corner, photo by NorahFrances (age 5). Visiting our local skate park where the kids were fo...

    #worldnextdoor #skateboard #skatepark #mercerisland

    Editor's Note

    This is a great series because Norah and Jennifer found one place and photographed it together qu... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Scooter, by Jennifer Walker. On assignment with NorahFrances for WorldNextDoor project. Introduci...

    #worldnextdoor #trick #skatepark #scooter

    Editor's Note

    Jennifer, I love this whole series. You really nailed it. You both really got in there and found creative ways to shoot action (like this shot), portraits and photos of them just hanging out. Th... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Taken by my daughter, Amelia Fondriest, age 3.5, with a Fujifilm disposable camera. This is Sam,...

    #worldnextdoor #mechanic #tire #tireshop #tires

    Photo taken by me (mom). I took my daughter with me to the tire shop because we needed a new set...

    #arm #worldnextdoor #tattoos #tire #tireshop #workinghands #dog #tattoo #tires #dogs

    Today Basmat and I met Felix, a chicken vendor. He owns a small "pollera" in the town. He told ...

    #theworldnextdoor #poultryfarm #meetingnewpeople #chickens

    Basmat and I met Felix, the chicken vendor in the town, yesterday. He was very willing to give u...

    #worldnextdoor #ngmcreate_3 #theworldnextdoor #ngmcreate #natgeoinspires #ngmadvances

    The kids wanted to go for a drive to the countryside and use this opportunity to see things they ...

    #harvest #autumn #farmers

    my daughter Maisah loved the way life is in the countryside and wants a cottage there...she was m...

    #letsexplore #harvest #autumn #followtheyellowborder #farmer #gender

    Apple growers sorting&packing the last crop of apples before winter sets in few weeks time, the y...

    #harvest #apples #orchard #autumn

    Nagakute, the town in Japan that we live in, has been holding a festival of thanks in years when ...

    #festival #the_world_next_door #kid_photo #japan

    Editor's Note

    Nina! This is one of our favorites! it has great energy and really feels like you were "in there." Exactly what my editors at National Geographic would have asked me to try to get. (You might ... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Nagakute, the town in Japan that we live in, has been holding a festival of thanks in years when ...

    #matsuri #festival #the_world_next_door #japan #mock_battle

    Editor's Note

    This was a great event to take your daughter to. One tip for making great photos is to put yours... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Dia de los Muertos festival in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Claire Marilee, age 9. This character p...

    #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead

    This indigenous woman dressed as a traditional La Calavera Catrina costume for the Dia de los Mue...

    #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead

    In our trip to Beijing - China , my 8 years old son took this photo.

    #rest #man

    Editor's Note

    Hawkeye loves the composition of this being tilted and loved seeing the things that are for sale. Michael you really captured a nice moment and a clean composition with perfect light!

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    in a beautiful park in Beijing some old men were playing domino. I took this photo .

    #men #old #game

    Editor's Note

    I love that you found scenes like this to photograph together with your son, its a great subject ... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    My friend Tim directs choir in Rome of children who were born in Africa but then adopted by Itali...

    #worldnextdoor #choir #italy #rome

    For our photo shoot appointment, Carolina and I visited a choir rehearsal of 'Italafricanto'. Thi...

    #worldnextdoor #hands #music #piano

    Photo by Kody (3) The Whistle Man whistles the whistle. We listened for the whistle so we could s...

    #train #station #conductor #whistle

    Editor's Note

    Kody! Hawkeye loves this photo because he is 4 and loves trains, and because he has never seen a... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    Photo by me. We visited the train station together to see what the people who worked there did. T...

    #train #station #train_driver #passengers #railway

    Editor's Note

    This image has great light and I love the posture on the man in the door. The train yard is probably a hard place to shoot with a 3 year old, but you did great together! Next find a scene where p... More

    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son

    If you want to continue this work with your child, I have one piece of advice, and it's for both of you! Get close! If my son were shooting from far away, I'd tell him to go right up and get from three to four feet away, to talk to the person. I sent him right into the middle of a group of bull riders getting geared up before a rodeo, and it made for some incredible images—you feel like you're really there with them. Send your kid into interesting scenes and they'll get interesting photos! The same is true for you. I see way too many photos taken from far away. Many of the images I chose were from people who really got close and who photographed people from outside of their families. It's comfortable to photograph each other, but now try to go photograph and learn about people you don't know.

    This is just the beginning, and this assignment doesn’t have to end. Keep posting the images, and hashtag them #worldnextdoor and #photobymychild. I'd love to see them, and I’m sure other parents and children would love to see them as well!

    About the Editor
    Aaron and Hawkeye Huey
    National Geographic Photographer & Son
    Aaron Huey wears gold shoes, climbs rocks, and shoots photos for National Geographic. He has walked (solo) across America (3,349 miles in 154 days), built an art commune in New Mexico, written 7 climbing guidebooks, and melted the engines of two VW buses. Huey's work over the past few years ...

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