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Keep Still

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Published Aug 12, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Waiting for the kids to arrive, the Waterside Centre in London is a free public space for babies ...

    #child #children #toys #childhood #nursery #minimal #still_life

    I remember the first time I really saw a Dutch still life painting in my art history course in college. I’d seen the vivid, realistic details documented in the soft light in these paintings before, but I had never realized how thoughtful each and every detail really was until that class. The still lifes represented a larger shift in European artwork, and little clues were left behind in the paintings.

    Doing the laundry is not a hobby of mine, but this time it was fun. This shot is one of a series....

    #laundry #stilllife

    Editor's Note

    I love that you took an everyday chore and crafted it into a still life image series. I would be interested to see this framing a teeny bit wider to have a better sense of place and to clean up the... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Where everything is exactly the same as 30 years ago

    Editor's Note

    The details in this still life image are stunning, Gil. I love getting lost in the warm light and colors blended with texture and detail. Great seeing this scene.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The golden hour after a rainstorm.I love the colors and the reflections and the stillness of the ...

    #pool #rain #beachball #keep_still

    Editor's Note

    The simplicity of this moment with the soft light shining on the deck and water's surface is what... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    freshness

    This July in Madrid I taste the sweet summer freedom of having finished a Master's dissertation i...

    #blue #sea #pool #sun #outdoors #nature #still #summer #ocean #light #life #waves #stilllife #reading

    Tulip on a stone floor.

    #flower #stone #still #tulips #floor

    Editor's Note

    You saw a simple scene and a made a nicely balanced composition using rule of thirds to document it. I would caution over-using techniques or processing that give the image a blurred appearance but... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Toning cyanotype print on Japanese traditional paper.

    #blue #nature #leaf #botanical #line #classic #drawing #fower #alternative #cyanotype #still__life

    Editor's Note

    Cyanotypes are so fun and I'm glad you used this assignment as an opportunity to share one with the Your Shot community. It's certainly a different take on a still life. I'd love for you to include... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Music has always been a large part of my life, whether that was learning classical pieces on a ce...

    #music #light #shadow #instrument

    Editor's Note

    The stillness in this minimalist composition immediately struck me. While I don't know if you nee... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Our town is the home of the NC 4th of July festival, this is the end of very, very long day

    #south #flag #porch #fern #rocker #oldboots

    After the daily training, the tennis balls and the shadow of the lamppost scattered on the court ...

    #shadow #sport #tennis #lifestayle #still__life

    I have found out a solution to fight the heatwave. Cheers to all the YourShot community :-)

    #blue #pool #orange #heatwave #swimmingpool #orangejuice

    Editor's Note

    The contrasting colors met with the texture and shadow of the glass on the pavement makes for a simple and refreshing still life. Nicely done, Yann.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Autumn fruit and the dead leaves

    Editor's Note

    The shadows! The colors! I love that you saw a bright setting and built your set around it. If I were to nit-pick I would say don't forget to steam or iron any cloth you might use when building a s... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Still life with chinese tea and rowan

    #chinese #tea #still_life #rowan

    Editor's Note

    The oranges and greens are so rich and lush in this scene. I like that you add a little context in your frame about this being Chinese tea but I'd love to more about the objects in your frame. With... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One of my favorites places, my favorite hat, my favorite chair , one book and a little warm sun.

    #sun #hat #shadow #chair #book #stylelife

    Editor's Note

    Reading your caption, I can tell completely that this is your favorite spot in the warm, affectionate way you photographed it. The light casting in adds a loving glow on the scene and I love how ti... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Over the past few months I’ve seen many still life photographs being uploaded in the Your Shot community, which gave me the idea of running this assignment. The resulting final story is a collection of still lifes ranging in inspiration from Dutch painting to modern interpretations of scenes we might see in our everyday lives.

    A still life is trickier to photograph than one might expect. I love how these 20 photographers interpreted the assignment and either constructed or documented their photographs to share here with us. As with any photograph, start by following the light, and then keep still.

    It's a creative shot made by spoons.

    #colors #stilllife #creative #keepstillassignment #aculinaryexpeditionaroundtheworld

    Editor's Note

    Such a fun concept and execution in styling, Dibakar! For a still life you still want to make sure you add context in your caption like what materials you used, your inspiration and why you chose t... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This picture of the City Palace, Udaipur told me thousands of stories of the kings, the kingdom a...

    #architecture #india #people #culture #travel #portrait #kingdom #rajasthan #royal #history #wallart

    Editor's Note

    The love the window casting soft light onto this quiet scene. Even though there isn't a person in... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taken on my birthday, during a time my house was literally falling apart and still felt the love ...

    #yellow #home #construction #stilllife #lowlight

    Your Shot dinner after a hard working Monday.

    #stilllife #yourshot #fanmail #keepstillassignment #yourshotdinner

    This wall tells a story about our family, my wedding portrait from 2000, our love for deer huntin...

    #light #home

    Editor's Note

    While this is a still life, it almost becomes a portrait of a home, a space, warm with memories and love. The inclusion of the blankets all the way to a wedding picture set a scene for us quiet in ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Kristen is an Associate Photo Editor with the Your Shot team. She interned at the White House Photo Office under the Obama Administration as well as Education Week. A proud RIT alumna, dessert enthusiast and Finger Lakes, NY native, Kristen is excited to guide your photographic journey!

    Photographers Published In the Story