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Anachronisms

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Published Feb 1, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 15 Contributors

    15 photos selected by

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    Maybe is only habitat. Even iPhone can't change time.

    #people #portrait #bw

    I am grateful for my opportunity to be your guest editor for this Your Shot assignment. I enjoyed living inside these images, and corresponding with many of you. It helps open my mind and hone my critical eye towards my own photography. There’s nothing like having 10,000 pairs of eyes around the world, so thank you! I hope you all got as much out of it as I did.

    There were so many inventive and expressive photographs that didn’t make it to my list of finals. That kind of hurts, but that’s life in the world of subjectivity. There were a lot of old versus new technology photographs: renaissance fairs, Civil War reenactments, tribal or religious people using cell phones. Many of them were fantastic photographs, but when there is a thematic concentration of a type of photo, the competition becomes steeper, and many did not make it to my semi-final cuts. When curating the images for this assignment I would sometimes imagine them as magazine covers or on my wall. In the end, the photograph just had to have the “It” quality as well as being technically sufficient for the message it attempted to convey. 

    Technology has conquered every part of our planet, even the isolated and once infamous for cannib...

    #papua #tribe #phone #tech #huli #cannibalism #selfie #papua_new_guinea #technolodgy

    Editor's Note

    What can be said? This is a confident winning image. "Tribal Tech" might have been it's own category on this assignment. The eyes of the two main subjects are engaging. The selfie dude seems to... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    Past house structure is destroyed by present high-raised apartment buildings.

    #building #anachronism_assignment #present_house #past_house

    Editor's Note

    Something we can all relate to. And the little house looks like it's standing up to big monsters. I'm wondering if the sense of distortion of vertical lines can be corrected in the print? It's n... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    watchman

    Editor's Note

    The subject sells this one for me - as a portrait. This man is rocking a monocle like it's 1883. Swatch was the newest thing on the block 100 years later in 1983 at which time I'd estimate our he... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    In un luogo insolito,senza tempo, insolite visioni di vita vissuta e scritta ...

    #abstract #colors #jesus #style #fashion #write #fashionweek

    Editor's Note

    The abstract anachronism. Somehow, I'd think Jesus would have reached for a Bic Four Color Pen, ... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    On the old Route 66 heading toward the "ghost town" of Glenrio, TX, you can see down the road for...

    #nature #landscape #animals #texas #adventure #route66 #dailydozen #yourshot

    Editor's Note

    The cow takes the role of the narrator, looking directly into the camera, to explain to the viewe... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    This picture was taken in the train station of the capital Belgrade. It shows the brand new train...

    #people #travel #train #europe #serbia #anachronism #interrail

    Editor's Note

    This photograph stands out from so many other old vehicle/new vehicle images in it's simplicity. It's clear what the photograph is saying and it's pleasing to look at, sky and all. There's symmetr... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    I love vintage things and I love new technology. This is a self-portrait I took for the anachron...

    #vintage #mac #anachronism #starbuckscoffee #black__and_white #anachronism_entry #frankthecat

    Editor's Note

    Back before rolling shoes had hydraulic brakes, there was the 'stop knob'. Well composed photograph. A set up like this is risky but this one is a joy to look at. The image has a memorable qualit... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    The life in Madagascar has not changed much since ages. Tyreless, iron or wooden wheels are still...

    #africa #sunset #landscape #tree #people #culture #travel #street #photography #places

    A few photos with excessive post-production improvements nearly ruined them for me. For instance, there was one beautiful shot of a small old structure standing against a wall of a shiny new corporate building — a real David and Goliath image that was hurt by over correction of the perspective and over sharpening. But I was into the shot enough to just deal with it. Other times, the adjustments were made in the photograph – especially where the photography itself was the anachronism; the faux 1960s Life Magazine cover is an example of that.

    I was blown away by the creativity I saw in bringing the something old/something new story to an image. I have a lot greater understanding of how I see anachronism now and what is indeed “against time.” Thanks for your input and hope to see you again sometime!

    A vinyl records store in the age of digital downloads and streaming music. A bygone era for most ...

    #music #people #culture #movies

    Editor's Note

    This is a photograph you step easily into. The girls are lost in the wonderful clutter of music you can actually get your hands on, and so is the viewer, thanks to the perspective and focus. Pop m... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    I have very fond memories of making pottery with my grandma in her basement and am so happy that ...

    #hands #pottery #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    The human as anachronism. This isn't something I imagined before the assignment, and in this case... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    Baby monks in the orphan shelter in Bagan, Myanmar took our cameras and tried to understand how t...

    #monk #travel #boys #camera #myanmar #photographer #burma #monastery #curiocity #ngtravelhappy

    Editor's Note

    As some of you might know, I wasn't easily swayed by the ever popular "Monks With Camera" vibe. But this image has an iconic quality. The humans in the photograph are not the butt of a joke, and ... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    The woman in the picture is a lady I did not know, almost all subjects of my LIFE project. I go i...

    #woman #people #life #portrait #black_and_white

    Editor's Note

    This photograph feels classic, and it's artfully treated as such. I feel a lot of respect in this image. When this woman was a child, presumably pictured in this photograph she's now holding many ... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    once boarded in an autorikshaw i can feel that i am arrived in india...

    #india #road #travel #adventure #selfportrait #transport #vehicle #delhi #inside #tuktuk #anachronism

    Editor's Note

    This image is a joy to look at. The anachronism of the modern rickshaw is explained artfully from it's interior perspective. The symmetrical rear view mirrors are fun, seeing two visitors taking ... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    Stephen and Claudette's afternoon of family bliss. I wanted to create the connection between the ...

    #retro #60s #living_room #time_capsule

    Editor's Note

    The ever popular pre-meditated posed anachronism. This photograph is SO well done and the success is in the details. The photography itself is a big part of the anachronism. One assumes what the... More

    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer

    Tune in tomorrow for a Facebook Live video with the Editor of this story Ben Folds at 12:15 pm EST on the National Geographic Magazine Page. Ben will be discussing some of his favorite images from the assignment as well as some of his own photography.

    About the Editor
    Ben Folds
    Musician & Photographer
    Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s spent over a decade sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras – from Sydney, Australia to the Kennedy Center, performing his pop hits and his critically acclaimed concerto for Piano ...

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