World Without Energy

Published Aug 24, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 17 Contributors

    17 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
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    My aunt (who recently passed away) and her grandson, one summer morning.

    #hands #blue #young #handfan #india #old #morning #gender

    I’d like to thank the community for their help during this assignment. Whether you commented with a link to an informative article or submitted a photo that showed us something we hadn’t thought of—it was an educational experience for all involved. 

    What struck me the most as I looked at the photos was how many of you already live in a world without energy. That this was not a world that would need to be created or conceived of, but that for some people, it already existed. And so these were the images that I was drawn to.

    Roughly one third of the contributors to this story are from India. The odds are in their favor because India has the second highest number of Your Shot community members. The only other country that has more members is the United States. Luckily for Your Shot, there are a lot of great photographers in India and many more who want to get better at documenting their world in pictures.

    A Ferris wheel operates on human power at a small fair in Nashik. 3-4 people walks on the central...

    #ferriswheel #india #fair

    Editor's Note

    A nice tight composition with just enough information to understand what you are looking at: a human-powered ferris wheel. Seeing the slightly blurred faces of the young men makes this unbelievable moment more real.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    The mammoth fishing nets in Fort Cochin employ non mechanised methods to catch fish. The structur...

    #fishing_nets #kerala_fishermen #kerala #sea #ocean #india #fishing #kerala_christians

    Editor's Note

    What an amazing system of rope, net, wood and stone. My eye goes to the lone figure and then follows the lines around the photo—back and forth across the frame. This photo is like an etching made long ago.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    two women drying their saris in the sun

    #lady #woman #energy #energy_assignment #green

    Editor's Note

    A simple frame that is done very well. Great use of light and shadow to add visual interest and intrigue.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Portuguese sketches. It seems as dried skin of our primitive ancestors.

    #porto_portugal

    Electricity hadn't reached this remote corner of Thar desert many miles off the last main city of...

    #abode #items #crisis #energy #house #thar #pakistan #solar_energy #bush #wild

    people at Varanasi

    #people #boats #cycle #india #canon #water #color

    In a world without energy, nature would clam all the cars back :-)

    #useless #cars #leafs #scrapyard #energy #natrue #covered #scrap #autumen #old #fall

    Editor's Note

    This looks like a scan of an old family slide with its muted color palette of rusting cars and decomposing leaves. How many decades of decay has it been since those cars were on the road?

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    In the morting sun the maturation process starts. The girl reading book in the morning sun and wa...

    #sunrisethismorning #letsexplore #bangladesh #pottery #comilla

    Editor's Note

    The repeating patterns of the pottery initially drew my eye in, but the two people are what kept me interested. They seem to be repeating each other as well—slightly stooped over their knees, intent on what they are doing.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Rickshaw garage at Dhaka.

    #rickshaw

    Editor's Note

    I love the muted well-worn colors against the banged-up metal frames. The rickshaws seem to go to... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    Workers pull boats with tourists up the Shennong Stream, a tributary just off the Yangtze river i...

    #stream #pulling #workers #china #yangzte #boats #shennong #river

    Without energy all the systems goes shutdowns , areas and environment remain silence.. only one o...

    #play #energy_assignment #restart #chldern #india #kids

    Somewhere on the road in northern Ethiopia.

    #letsexplore #street #portrait #people #places #worldwithoutenergy #culture #travel #nature #africa

    I was standing in a street near the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul when I saw these men transporting go...

    #istanbul #transporting #market #carriers #bazaar

    Masina, also called China is a downtown area of Kinshasa. Electricity cuts are daily and sometime...

    #congo #vows

    Editor's Note

    This is not your typical wedding scene. The lights went out, but the ceremony continued. The glinting eyes of the wedding party add a bit of spookiness to this unexpected situation.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    We get disconnected to the world for 3 hours once a week and sometimes daily whenever the rotatin...

    #portraits #world_without_energy #people #worldwithoutenergy

    Editor's Note

    There is something voyeuristic about this photo. It's as if you are peeking at this person's life... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    In a village without electricity, every task at becomes much more difficult once darkness approac...

    #cooking #night #family #food #light #darkness #africa #mozambique

    Editor's Note

    Is it a picture or an oil painting? The ghostly motion of the figures and stark beam of light add layers of drama to an otherwise routine daily life scene.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot

    For those members who live in areas that don’t have access to reliable energy, this was an assignment that they could understand on a much deeper level than many of us. A world without reliable energy was already a part of their daily lives. What I learned through your images was that if we all pulled together a world with “less” energy might be okay. I saw that people are adaptive and quite ingenious. And when presented with a problem, we come up with everyday solutions that work for all.

    Thanks for the spirited discussion around the topic of energy. It's good to see that people can feel differently about something, and not only respect the other person's thinking, but appreciate the differences. Now that's a community!

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a director at National Geographic managing the Your Shot photo community.