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Reflection

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Published Feb 11, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 31 Contributors

    32 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Cuernos del Paine reflected over the glacial waters of lake Nordenskjöld... Or perhaps a vision o...

    #reflection #landscape #paradise #peace #travel #natural #chile #patagonia #eden #torresdelpaine

    Wow. It had been a long time since I edited nearly 24,000 photos over the course of several days. It was both exhausting and exhilarating. There were many stunning shots—too many to include in the final story. The deciding factor was if it had a thoughtful caption.

    My first cut took me down to just under 900 photos. From there I culled it to about 200. After that, it got painful. Some of the photos I had liked from the very beginning didn’t make it—many in fact. It’s tough to say goodbye to photos that feel like old friends. 

    Thanks to everyone who put some thought into their caption and really took this reflection assignment to heart. There were captions that read as poems and were beautiful in their own right. But when a photographer combined a great image with meaningful words, the result was one to reflect on. 

    The silhouettes of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn skyline are reflected on the lenses of ...

    #travel #dawn #tourism #telescope #sihouette #statueofliberty #jerseycity #libertystatepark

    Editor's Note

    Look what happens when you slow down and spend some time in a place—you start seeing things that others miss. This is a great example of capturing something iconic and much photographed in a unique... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The most significant and mysterious human activity of today is the act of looking at ourselves th...

    #reflection #culture #chicago #photography #selfie

    Editor's Note

    This photo illustrates the concept of being alone in a crowd. The reflection helps you see how big a space it truly is and how many people are actually milling around. The faceless subject becomes ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The location is Boston downtown area near paramount theater. I leaned against a new building wall...

    #reflection #mirror #boston #paramount_theator

    Editor's Note

    I love how all of the elements come together in this photo. The shafts of light break through the darkness as people walk on a busy downtown street. And yet they are also frozen in this frame, fore... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    After we docked, all the adults quickly got in line to leave the boat while this little girl jump...

    #reflection #boat #girl #glass #youth #bw #black_and_white

    Editor's Note

    The interplay of reflection, shadow and light in this image is layered and nuanced—ripe for different interpretations and meaning. The little girl pauses to reflect, causing us to reflect.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    In the middle of play she rested her head on the dining room table. There was something about th...

    #child #reflection #blackandwhite

    I often think the most tragic thing adults often loose whilst growing older is the ability to mak...

    #beach #reflection #waves #games #extremesports #childrenplaying #games_at_the_beach

    Playing in a puddle on Christmas Eve. I am always looking for something more. Something more ...

    #water #rain #reflection #puddle #ny #childhood #december

    This photo was taken January 2016 at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. It has been sugge...

    #reflection #arizona_memorial #face_in_water #reflection_assignment

    Editor's Note

    I look at this photo and then I rub my eyes and then I look some more. Colors and shapes form a face in the water or is it something else? It’s definitely a very cool abstract image.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    A shaft of light briefly illuminated rocks on the bottom of a river pond, interrupting a near per...

    #reflections #autumn_leaves #autumn_leavespond #reflections_water #rocks_trees_reflection

    Editor's Note

    Lovely autumn colors pop in this crystal clear reflection on a creek. The rocks are illuminated both above and below the water by the same shaft of light. Beautiful!

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    A supernova of emotions and a Milky Way of dreams. There is a Universe in everyone of us. Refl...

    #reflections #street #tennessee #knoxville #bus_stop

    Editor's Note

    A very fun, spontaneous moment—one that can never be replicated!

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    There are always many different perspectives for the same scene.

    #reflection #urban #people

    Editor's Note

    Great shot! There is a lot to look at and decipher as you ask yourself, “What am I seeing?” It reminds me of a stained glass window with different sized colored panes coming together to make an image.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The Breiðamerkurjökull glacier used to be on the edge of this beach some 100 years ago and these ...

    #reflection #iceland #iceberg #jokulsarlon

    Editor's Note

    The sun rises on a black stone beach littered with icebergs. The water slowly recedes and reflects the dramatic sky above Iceland—an amazing landscape in constant flux. Fire and ice.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    After walking for a few hours we camped in a lake in the mountains called 'Ibón de Iserias' o 'Sa...

    #reflection #mountain #lake #hicking #pyrinees

    While having fun with shutter speed, I decided to take some long exposures of brake lights on Pac...

    #sky #clouds #colorful #reflection #night #wires #bright #light #lines #cars #curve #longshutter

    People have coffee in a high rise building near the site of the World Trade Center cleanup in 200...

    #reflection #flag #center #trade #loss #wtc #911

    Editor's Note

    Two people sit across from each other separated by not only the table and a set of crossed arms, ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    There's always something comforting in finding perfect symmetry. Urban areas can often be a point...

    #photo #city #reflection #architecture #australia #urban #summer #composition #symmetry #melbourne

    A store window in NYC with the city reflection. Not living in the city every visit is a magical e...

    #reflections #window #nyc

    This image was made at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park,China. The subject is a chimpanzee enclosed...

    #reflection #nature #animals #zoo #china #humanity #chimpanzee #criminal #conscience #psychology

    Editor's Note

    It’s hard not to feel something when you see this photo of a chimp looking longingly from its dirty enclosure, complete with painted-on greenery. The reflection of the trees is the closest it will ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    There's something hypnotic about windows. We stare out of it, sometimes, to find ourselves in tho...

    #staring #reflection #window #gloomy #reproach

    Editor's Note

    I love the muted color palette and the similar patterned fabric of the drapes and the pants. It's... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    I was travelling on the Shatabdi Express from New Delhi to Jaipur. I went to the end of the train...

    #reflection #india #man #people #mirror #ride #travel #train #glass #railroad #door

    Editor's Note

    Nicely composed! I like how a single strong hand anchors the foreground, while the reflection of the train worker is caught in the window frame of the door. It's the classic frame within a frame. ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The memory haunts me. During my last visit to China, I noticed my wife’s grandmother seemed preoc...

    #reflection #china #family #black__and_white #reflection_assigmnent #becauseofher

    Editor's Note

    You can learn quite a bit about someone by observing them at home. Even just one room has multiple clues as to who they are and how they live.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Nosy Be, Madagascar Playing with this wonderful little girl on the beach. Soon her face look...

    #africa #beach #child #madagascar #travel #portrait #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    It’s an interesting feeling the first time you see yourself reflected in someone’s eyes. In that ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    This kid in Nice, France was in deep reflection. He stood there for at least one minute, in deep ...

    #children #reflection #summer #people #travel #portrait #kids #blackandwhite #childhood #bnw #niza

    Editor's Note

    The body language of this young boy is priceless. The photographer did a great job of isolating him in the foreground and then waiting for that moment when all the other pieces clicked into place.

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    The Marais neighborhood of Paris used to be home to working class people after WWII. For the last...

    #reflection #gallery #paris #marais #gentrification #art_gallery #le_marais

    Editor's Note

    The use of reflection is a great way to show two sides of a story in one frame. This photo depicts the classic battle between the forces of old and new that is playing out in many cities around the... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    An aboriginal man strides over communications symbols in the rain. A metaphor for the dilemma fac...

    #rain #reflection #aboriginal #symbols #indigenous_australians

    People close their eyes to this problem. I decided to to double the image to give more strength t...

    #reflection #refugee #refugees #social #calabria #emigration #emigrants #documental #rosarnoap

    My husband and daughter waiting to cross a busy Baltimore street. I grew up in a small town in A...

    #water #sunset #city #street #reflect #walk #streetphotography #reflection_assignment

    Walking in Cascais, I've seen this band playing in the street. I loved this image with the tuba p...

    #music #street #playing #cascais #grafitti #tuba

    Editor's Note

    There’s lots of fun energy in this photo! I like how the musician’s shirt mimics the graffiti on the wall and that the only spot of color is the pastel painted houses reflected in the tuba. ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Europe in winter usually means escaping the crowds. Catching sunrise in the usually crowded Cinqu...

    #reflection #italy #dark #puddle #sunrise #colourful #reflect #vernazza #cinqueterre

    Shortly after low tide, with the sun setting in the background, I'd wander out into the wharf by ...

    #sunset #reflection #uk #summer #coastal #travel #holiday #cornwall #low_tide #st_ives

    A shallow reef in Tubbataha, Philippines reflects during the morning light. The building in the b...

    #reflection #reef #philippines #underwater #sunrise #coral #tubbataha

    Editor's Note

    Beyond being beautiful, this photo pushes me to take action. I want to travel there. I want to help the rangers protect this reef. It makes me want to learn how to take an underwater photo just li... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Three cheers for the community for helping us start the year off right with an engaging and successful Reflection assignment. It's a broad subject—one I am sure we will revisit with other assignments and hashtag challenges.

    Now #letsexplore! —Monica

    About the Editor
    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot
    Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a former director at National Geographic for the Your Shot photo community.

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