We all see the world differently as a result of our personal experiences. Because Your Shot is a global community representing 195 countries, this assignment has revealed universal themes as well as the many differences in our daily lives. Whenever you pick up your camera to take a picture — whether on top of mountain witnessing the sunrise or watching your children play with each other —you are pausing that moment in your life, to personally remember and share it with others. This decision is an inspired action.
The Sally Mann exhibit “A Thousand Crossings” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which features 115 photographs created over the past 40 years of Mann’s career, inspired this assignment. The images investigate how Mann’s relationship with her native land, the American South, has shaped and inspired her work.
For over three weeks, we’ve enjoyed 8,880 photos and stories revealing your inspiring experiences from around the world. We’ve loved it, as you can see in our over 1,000 editor’s favorites. Because photography is a powerful medium to inspire others and to make people care, we hope you’ll draw from each other’s personal experiences and find inspiration from the images in this story.
Check out our Your Shot: Editor's Insight blog post to read about our editing process for this final story.
David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot