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Life in Black and White

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Published Jun 20, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 31 Contributors

    31 photos selected by

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My friend Michele, mountain guide, tries to overcome a very difficult overhanging limestone cliff...

    #italy #sport #adventure #climber #vicenza #freeclimbing #mountainer #berici_hills #extreme_climb

    When you break down the origin of the word “photography,” it means the study of light. There’s no better way to revisit that concept than to practice photographing in black-and-white. As photographers, we are always studying light, finding ways we can use it to tell a story and transport an audience to another place, or conversely, to somewhere familiar.

    It’s been an interesting adventure going directly from the Pop of Color assignment to Life in Black and White. With an assignment celebrating color, I found myself immersed in images with bold colors and bursts of energy. When I turned to black-and-white, I saw submissions of quiet, reserved, and moody imagery. There were also black-and-white images bursting at the seams with zest, but overall I sensed a change in energy.

    Childhood: climbing, spinning around, balancing, swinging, having fun, spending time outside toge...

    Editor's Note

    The light in this photograph are simply gorgeous! All I can focus on is this moment of pure childhood paired with separate personalities showing in one photograph without any color to distract me. ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My boys were playing in the ocean when my youngest wandered into this amazing pocket of light.

    #beach #ocean #light #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    Kelli, I can't get enough of how much the ocean glistens in this photograph. The sun looks like s... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Time passing and especially it's mark on people and things, somehow fascinate me . That's why it...

    #old #life #hands #time #concepctual

    Girls in Mali looking out the window of their new school.

    #africa #hijab #school #muslim #love #girls #blackandwhite #bamako #mali #westafrica

    We all face struggles and hardships in life. It's what makes life the crazy rollercoaster that it...

    #human #portrait #bw #blackandwhite #person #portraiture #black_and_white #black_male

    Editor's Note

    Lukas, thank you for sharing these portraits with the Your Shot community. I noticed this series of images right away during my edit of recent uploaded photographs. It stopped me in my tracks and I... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This assignment celebrated light, contrast, texture, details, and layers. Black-and-white forces us to go back to the basics—you can’t rely on stunning color to carry the image. Instead, you have to tell your story with light, making light and shadow the characters in your frame (well said, Elizabeth Paoletti).

    What humbled me from this assignment was the motivation within the community. Many of you tried black-and-white for the first time. Some chose to overcome the comfort of color, and slowed down to fully immerse into the process. And some revisited a love for the style that they started photography with.

    No matter your motivation, thank you all for taking this black-and-white journey with me.  I look forward to seeing more of your black-and-white submissions in future assignments. 

    A young girl tried to decide what to order from a friendly food vendor.

    #girl #food #youth #blackandwhite #fair #photojournalism #gray #streetvendor #bnw #countyfair #tones

    Editor's Note

    I love how you framed your young character by all the lights and shapes that come with the carniv... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I felt furious and powerless after hearing about the controversial racial crimes last year. I dec...

    #black #african_american #humanrighs

    One of my son's and my favorite pastimes when we visit family in Florida is little nature excursi...

    #florida #alligator #american_alligator #florida_wildlife #native_wildlife

    This portrait is part of my photo series called "Darkness to light". "I took a deep breath a...

    #light #portrait #blackandwhite #pristine

    Editor's Note

    I love your choice to make this black and white moment in a high key setting- lots of bright white! I immediately focus on her peaceful expression in this frame of white. Nice!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sheikh Abou Walid, a religious man from a small village in Lebanon, just turned 90 but always rem...

    #portrait #religious #lebanon #druze

    Editor's Note

    The contrast between Sheikh Abou Walid's beard, headgear and background is brilliant. The details... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The lady is off to work and so is the monkey who is going in search of food.

    #village #jungle #parthway

    I almost always carry a camera. May 7th at 10:30 P.M. while leaving the grocery store from a late...

    #alaska #film #icecream #stranger #kodak #trix400

    Fitness training has been part of the landscape along the famous Venice Beach boardwalk for deca...

    #sport #monochrome #blackandwhite #venice_beach #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    The sunlight on his back is just awesome story-telling about this character. We don't even have to read the caption to already have a sense of the man in the frame. The background adds an extra lev... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A hippopotamus at Lake Naivasha, Kenya.

    #kenya #blackandwhite #hippopotamus

    Editor's Note

    The composition is awesome, Anuroop! I love how low the hippo is in the frame (sorry to hear about your lens hood, haha) and how we are able to see the water spray from its nostrils travel upwards ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is an agave plant in Balboa Park, San Diego. It was shot on a very cloudy day, with no direc...

    #desert #cactus #plant #texture #succulent #agave #line #form #ethereal #minimal #black_and__white

    Editor's Note

    Great anticipation of a photograph that would convert well to black and white. I love the gradati... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The shot taken during a editorial shoot.

    #india #morning #life #hill #darjeeling #goodmorning #bareback #hillstation #bare_beauty

    AS she was waiting for her boyfriend, she posed in the middle of this spiral stairs.

    #architecture #philippines #photography #lightandshadow #lifeinblackandwhiteassignment

    Logs in a small mountain village

    #china #wood #anhui #bamboo

    Editor's Note

    The shapes and textures in this frame are awesome! My eyes are having a field day finding all the different variations of logs. Great seeing to fill the entire frame with this geometric scene.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is an image I shot on the iPhone with monochrome effect. It only feels right to share this c...

    #dark #light #blackandwhite #comfort #raw #peopl #bnw #homeshoot

    Editor's Note

    This moment is so tender. The details in their skin makes the moment feel so real, like I could r... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    What could be more cliche than shooting palm trees in Palm Springs? What appeals to me in this pi...

    #black_white #palm__trees #infra_red_photography

    Baby humpback whales are very curious by nature and very inquisitive. Their curious nature used t...

    #wildlife #ocean #underwater #whales #tonga #underwater_photography #underwater_animals

    Early on in our trip across the USA our children noticed how much trash is thrown on the ground. ...

    #camping #travel #kids #litter #gooddeeds #lifeinblackandwhite #planetorplastic

    Editor's Note

    The framing of this photograph is perfect for me. You expertly employed the rule of thirds, used a horizon line to your advantage so we focus on your daughter keeping our Earth as litter free as po... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In just a couple of months, his interest in basketball grew from a 2 to a 20. Whether he's practi...

    #basketball #fatherhood #documentaryphotography

    Editor's Note

    There's an insurmountable sense of anticipation in this photograph that I can't get enough of. Your caption makes this moment completely come to life and I find myself so interested and involved in... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A Frenchie I photographed recently who wanted nothing to do with me, but meditate.

    #dog #animal #pet #portrait #bw #blackandwhite #petportraits #weloveourpets

    Editor's Note

    A great testament to how comfortable your characters are with you while in front of your lens- th... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    While on a walk at along Hamilton's bay front, I came across this child playing on a curved climb...

    #play #people #hamilton #black_and_white #lifeinblackandwhite #jungle_gym

    Three young ladies take time out from swimming and laying on the beach to watch a band play on th...

    #beach #girls #blackandwhite #weekend #coneyisland #bathingsuits

    Solar Eclipse

    Editor's Note

    The tight composition allows us to focus on these character's concentration of the moment. I love being able to clearly see the details of the photo: the patterns from viewing glasses, their clothi... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The moment my spynx cat is hunting a fish...

    #cat #fish #ears #kitchen #sphynx #thief #black_and_white

    Editor's Note

    Julia, this moment is pure comedy. I laugh every time I look at it and the insane desire in the cat's eyes. The light coming through the windows transforms this moment into a movie scene. I can't g... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken in the village of Hörmetci in Kayseri. The horses living in the skirts of Er...

    #animals #travel #turkey #kayseri #yourshot #blackaandwhite

    Editor's Note

    This photograph feels so cinematic, like a moment straight out of an old Western film. I love how you composed your frame for the bucking horse to be in the right third of your frame and how effect... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    These photos are part of a long project that lasted 8 years. This man standing by a gas station t...

    #street #meeting #albania #balkans #shkoder #paradox_of_reality

    Editor's Note

    The irony of this photograph is both comical but so very telling of the "paradox that embraces the country between modernity and a strong popular culture." The gas station being lit up at night cre... 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!

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