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Primary Colors

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Published Dec 28, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 24 Contributors

    24 photos selected by

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    A charming girl with balloons and blinking glasses (obviously coming from or going to party) is l...

    #metro #art #modern #light #color #culture #lamp #citylights #creative #primarycolors #urbancity

    Red, yellow, and blue: These three colors give you all the freedom to do what you'd like with them. I heard from many Your Shot members that the primary colors assignment sounded fun and easy. I think many quickly learned it was certainly not easy, but hopefully it was still fun. 

    Editing a story like this was very, very tough. With only three colors to use we really covered the spectrum of photography. So many of you put incredible effort and creativity into the images you created, whether you ordered hundreds of colored balls and patiently took over New York City, baked a three-layer cake, or had your daughter cover her hair in glitter and puzzle pieces. The creativity was endless and the enthusiasm was so appreciated.

    I had a vague, fuzzy idea of how this story would end up when we began; the story we have here is far from it. You all surprised me and took this story to a place I couldn't have dreamed up myself. Some of you began noticing the colors around you each day, like the blue walls of Morocco or the many red shirts of Mumbai. Some of you created bold portraits, or made art projects with your children. 

    Though I cannot make this an 80-photo story, I hope everyone that made something wonderful for this assignment can appreciate and celebrate what they did. I hope you can harness that inspiration and creativity in wonderful ways in the coming year. I hope you all enjoy this celebration of primary colors.

    An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away! The Primary Colors assignment has been my apple a day! I h...

    #blue #abstract #food #apple #primarycolorsassignment #uglyfoodisbeautiful #ngmcreate

    Editor's Note

    This assignment is full of creative concepts, impeccable execution, and well composed images. But to do all of those things well and have an image that surprises and delights. Well, it is a tough t... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Off the main square in Trinidad, Cuba. The donkey is available for hire. The bicycle isn't.

    #cuba #bicycle #donkey #trinidad

    paint it yellow

    #yellow #colors #daily12 #primary__colors

    buddest man went out of his home in seda county

    #red #man #china #love #seda #buddest

    Editor's Note

    Red on red on red on red. Nice scene, beautiful door, lovely frame.

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    A connected layer of four different people in Red on Marine Drive , Mumbai on a Sunday early morning

    #mumbai #street #primary_colours

    Editor's Note

    I was hoping for a moment like this in this story. I knew it would be hard to do. You pulled it off better than I could have pictured myself! To have so many layers of red, at so many depths and sh... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Apart from the community, seafarers stay and work in one part of the world called ocean or sea as...

    #people #culture #portraits #safety #sea_life #from_above #seafarers

    Man carrying food in the beautiful city of Chefchaouen in Morocco.

    #blue #morocco #worker #oldman #blue_city #chefchaoen

    There is this small car repair shop near my house, in a quiet area of Yokohama, Japan. In sunny d...

    #blue #wall #culture #washing #japan #work #places #pattern #clothes #uniform #drying

    Editor's Note

    A great scene to find. So simple and pleasant. Each uniform carrying its own stories, years worke... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    An in-camera double exposure portrait of my beautiful girlfriend, Reyanna. We will have been toge...

    #flowers #art #people #yellow #color #portrait #love #inspiration #dailylife #portraitsofstrength

    Me and My painting in my studio.

    #paint #abstract #painting #feet #abstratct #primary__colors

    The Black Butterfly

    #butterfly #abstract #beauty #nature #freedom #yellow #color #contrast #expression #concept

    Editor's Note

    Those delicate hands, their twisted shape mimicking the twists and curls of a butterfly's fly path. What a lovely moment. We tend to see the colorful butterfly's on a dark background, it is special... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    Yiiipiiii !!!! Daddy is gonna kill us!!!! This was Mekdi´s first reaction after hearing my pl...

    #blue #paint #red #yellow #childhood #everday #children_at_play #primary_colors

    I created this scene as a tribute to all those men and women who risk their lives everyday when t...

    #balloon #work #h1 #danger #workers #dangerous #primarycolors #pin

    Ferris wheels are totally old-school fun, but they're becoming the latest pop-up landmarks worldw...

    #blue #cloud #red #yellow #ferries_wheel #primary_colors_assignment

    No Matter what you do , but you can't give up.

    #blue #sports #boxing #sportsphotography #sportsportrait #action_in_motion

    Plastic net dipped in soap water and placed in front of a source of blue light...I love the singl...

    #blue #abstract #water #soap #ngmcreate #ngmcreate_1 #ngmcreate_2 #ngmcreate_3

    Editor's Note

    I keep falling back to these simple images. Boiling down to basics. I'm sure every editor here thought this was snake skin of some sort. The air bubble is the only hint that it is something differe... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    2 sec - ƒ/13 - ISO 100 - 55 mm....and external light

    #blue #caterpillar #macro #yellow #needle #explore #urban__wildlife_assignment #primary__colors

    Primary colors are colors of joy and wonder. I captured this shot at a local playground capturing...

    #color #primarycolors #yourshot

    A violin starts taking shape after the top and bottom parts have been joined by a special lime gl...

    #culture #violin #workshop

    Editor's Note

    The making of an instrument is a beautiful process. I have seen the sanding and shaping in various ways, but never this behind the scenes look at the glue that holds it all together. I would certai... More

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    If I were to hide, I would hide behind all yellow

    #yellow #silhouette #curtains #minimalism #mobilephone #naturallight

    The man’s face is painted for a festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman. The festival is ...

    #india #tamilnadu #primarycolors #kaveripattinam #angalamman #angalammanfestival

    With the perfect storm of rain, an umbrella, a flash, and a cooperative kiddo, we headed down to ...

    #blue #water #boy #night #light #bay #childhood #flash #umbrella_boy

    Playing with Pins. This is a picture inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian

    #blue #red #yellow #color #colors #pins #minimalsm #createit #primary_colors_assignment #ngmcreate

    Editor's Note

    Well, I think fellow Your Shot member Gerard Burkhart said it best in a comment he left on this photo— "Refreshingly elegant in its minimalism."

    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel

    To end with Liz Andersen's three pins photo was the easiest choice I made for this story. It stands as a perfect reminder of the simple building blocks that make this big, beautiful, colorful world. 

    Thanks for coming along on this journey. I hope you won't soon let these colors go. Until next time!—Marie McGrory

    About the Editor
    Marie McGrory
    Producer, Nat Geo Travel
    Marie McGrory is a Producer with National Geographic Travel. She believes photography can help us find the moments, feelings, and stories that transcend cultural boundaries.

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