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Shall We Eat?

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Published Dec 22, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 34 Contributors

    34 photos selected by

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I travelled to Israel with a group of friends from a seminary program I was in. Every morning, no...

    #israel #tomato #travels #egg

    Food not only physically sustains us, it connects us through generations and cultures around the world. Whether it’s a traditional dinner that our grandmother cooked, the breakfast sandwiches our dads taught us to make, or coffee with your colleagues to escape the office for 15 minutes, food and beverages bring us closer together in a uniquely intimate experience.

    Unlike many people, I don't like black or green tea. I love herbal tea instead. Some would argue ...

    #art #tree #food #mood #herbs #tea #cookies #candy #rosehip #anise #teatime #dry_plants #herbal_tea

    Editor's Note

    This is a work of art, Toni! You always impress me with creativity, wonderful movement in your still life compositions giving my eyes something to look at in every inch. Thank you for including a l... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My grandmother collected teacups and displayed them in a cabinet in her dining room. When we vi...

    #stilllife #teacup

    Editor's Note

    I love the delicate details in the teacup with the warm light. Your narrative in your caption is special and close to the heart, making this photo that much stronger for this assignment. I love it,... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The fortune is blind.

    #light #birthday #cake #portrite

    Editor's Note

    I love the deep mystery in this photo with the caption "the fortune is blind" leaving the view to interpret. To me, this photo is a reminder that we can't lose sight of what we have and to remember... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The history of afternoon tea dates back to 1840 in England when the seventh Duchess of Bedford fo...

    #food #history #tea #traditions

    Editor's Note

    Great light, great textures and great history in your caption! I love that you use this caption to remind us that food and drink is something to be shared. Now I'll go warm some water for tea...

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I have a twofold attitude to eating - I love to eat, I hate to cook. Our products are always orga...

    #food #depression

    Editor's Note

    This is such an important aspect of cooking and sharing food that can often be forgotten: the stress! This a creative and smart way to visualize how 'nuts' it can all be sometimes. Thank you for sh... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    i have always been amazed with food and the careful geometry in it. as if when you peel open any ...

    #flowers #food #drink #wine #sacredgeometry

    Editor's Note

    This still life is lovely with the subtle tones and textures all throughout. The lilies create a great vertical aspect to the photo so it doesn't sit flat against the surface. Well done!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We didn't have a lot of money growing up, my mother was not a good cook but we ate off the fan...

    #eating #dishes #shall_we_eat_assignment

    Editor's Note

    This is such a fun way to visualize our memories of Sunday dinners growing up. My grandmother always had the fine china and silverware come out for holidays-- that's how we always knew it was a spe... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Reunion dinner is the most important celebration of home and family, hence gatherings with family...

    #food #home #family

    Editor's Note

    Food is my favorite way to celebrate being reunited with family. I chose this photo for the final story because it captures the physical connection that food gives us to other people in our life. N... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We got the fresh fish from the pond. I just dressed her a little.

    #fish #newspaper #wrap

    Editor's Note

    This minimal composition made me smile. It's neat and simple. Your light captured the shininess of fish scales and the smooth texture of the newspaper contrasted with the rough string. I love that ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My husband surprised me with lunch reservations at La Tour D’Argent in Paris. A bucket list, once...

    #paris #lunch #bucket_list

    Editor's Note

    The light casting across the different textures across this plate is lovely. I love seeing the elements of motion in the cream that tells us whatever you ate was good until the last bite! Food can ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We spent time this year living in our van and travelling through the Middle East in it. Not only ...

    #food #vanlife #outdoor_cooking #shallweeat

    Editor's Note

    What an awesome experience, Kirsty! Great work framing your daughter and her stove through the window of the van to give us the story-telling element that we need to know that you're traveling! Wha... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I love cooking and eating polenta, but in my kitchen the taste is never the same as my grandmothe...

    #polenta #maramures_country

    Editor's Note

    The light falling on your grandmother is warm and welcoming-- much like her polenta! I love that ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every time I come back, mom's pasta makes me feel right at home.

    #color #home #family #casa

    The Clover Grill is a 24 hour diner in the middle of the French Quarter of New Orleans. This smal...

    #new #clover #orleans #louisiana #egg #breakfast #bacon #grill #diner

    Our mothers grew up on a rural TN farm & the food my grandmother cooked for them, and they later ...

    #food #farm #family #mothers #cousins #daughters #mourn #meals #farmfresh #southernfood #shallweeat

    Editor's Note

    I think it's beautiful that I can't physically see food in this picture but food is what connected you and your cousin's memories. I love that you two come together nearby the farm to remember them... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is my son at the end of a long process of cooking and conserve in oil the "bonitto" (a fish ...

    #fish #food #autumn #cooking #childhood #kitchen #conserve

    Editor's Note

    The light is gorgeous on this slice of life as your son learns now to preserve the fish that he caught himself. This image captures all aspects of how food brings us together: we can catch it toget... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Beautiful and intricate designs on Springerle cookies baked and shown here at Landis Valley Museu...

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful work capturing the intricate little details of these cookies! Light coming from a low angle and the side of your subject is a great way to show off details and textures that could get los... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Koshari (Egyptian Rice, Lentils and Macaroni with Spicy Tomato Chile Sauce) Koshari (also spelled...

    #cairo #food #egypt #yum #koshary #aboutarek

    Editor's Note

    The reflection in the window gives a sense of place while seeing inside the shop lets us see the chef at work! I love how the rice is frozen in time as he dishes it into a container. A lovely momen... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This story from the Your Shot community is a celebration of food intersecting with our love of photography. We can use this as an opportunity to be thankful for what we have, and as a reminder to give back and practice thoughtful consumption to reduce food waste.

    You can find tips and suggestions below on ways you can give back.

    I took this picture in Romania, particularly the beautiful countryside in the Transylvanian regio...

    #waiting #wait #romania #villagers #beautifulpeople #woodenhome #woodenhut #villagers_life

    Minimalism work of the eggs

    #perspective #graphic #food #texture #lines #monochrome #blackandwhite #egg #minimalism

    Editor's Note

    I love Stephanie's comment below, "Great perspective Selva! I love how you chose to exclude some eggs from the carton, and the shadows really emphasize that emptiness. That bright yellow yolk creat... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This was an amazing moment to see the school children doing the routine prayer before their mid d...

    #tribal_children #school_children #children_food

    Editor's Note

    "To be able to capture at the same time the grains of rice on the kids' plates, as well as their intense emotion and spirit doing prayers before eating the rice with such depth is amazing. It defin... More

    April Fulton
    Senior Blogger, The Plate

    I make this cinnamonrolls every year and they never taste as good as when my mom made them.

    #still #food #blueberries

    Editor's Note

    Wonderful composition with beautiful neutral tones throughout. You styled this still life well! I never feel like anything I try to cook like my grandmother ever comes out the same. These rolls loo... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The traditions of my land. Reggio Calabria Italy

    #people #culture #tradition #blackandwhite #grandmother

    Editor's Note

    I love Anirudh's comment below, "Such a wonderful shot Joel. I just love the way uncooked pasta on the table become leading lines to the centrally placed subject. The lady's expression show her com... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The sweet seller making bundi sweet item from local favourite dish in India..they prepare bundi a...

    #travel

    Editor's Note

    The color, detail and point of view are spot on! The orange is so bright and inviting, I can practically taste the sweetness. Your horizontal rule of thirds make for a balanced photograph. Well done!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Norinji Palau is one of the traditional Afgan dishes and I’m extremely lucky to be part of this t...

    #food #culture #travel #places #tradition #explore #afganistan #afgandish

    Editor's Note

    The light hitting the different colors in this dish is beautiful! I love how you styled the food on a plain white plate that frames the food against a beautiful textile background. Well done!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I was with my friends and going towards a cafe to have a light bite, it wasn't Dinner time yet. I...

    #landscape #people #food #china #street

    Editor's Note

    This is a lovely point of view, Amrit. I love that the staff eat together before their busy shifts start. Sharing meals together is a wonderful way to build camaraderie. Thank you for sharing!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    He feeds the pigeons every day, says they recognize him

    #birds #beach #israel #rainbow #streetphotography #telaviv

    Editor's Note

    This made me smile, Luke. He clearly loves these birds and that connection with food lets them remember him! I love that food can connect us across species, not just human to human, but human to an... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Here is a list of resources to learn more about food waste and how you can give back. It's just a start so feel free to drop links to resources you know about in the discussion below.

    Thank you to everyone who shared their corner of the culinary world with us!

    Kristen McNicholas
    National Geographic Your Shot

    Various offerings of food ready for the monks' first and only meal of the day. For special occasi...

    #food #temple #tradition #cambodia #khmer_food #preahvihearthom

    Editor's Note

    Wow, that's a lot of food! Great job giving us a sense of scale with the sheer amount of dishes in one photo. I appreciate that you included more information in your caption to tell us exactly how ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Seeing how food is being cooked in a traditional earth oven filled with heated stones. The Dani’s...

    #indonesia #nature #people #papua #food #culture #tribe #travel #places #dani #tribes #wamena #dani_tribe

    Editor's Note

    I love being able to see this traditional earth oven as everyone huddles around to cook together. This must have been really special for you to witness. Thank you for sharing!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Pastry dough at the bottom, meat and vegetables in the middle, more dough on top. This simple pas...

    #food #tastelikehomeassignment

    Editor's Note

    Great perspective on your mother as she prepares the pastries. I love that she sends some to family in Canada. A true testament to the love we put into the food we make for others. It's a lovely st... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Local butcher preparing to close his shop

    #market #butcher #macau #macao

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Jennifer R.: "Nicely done. The intriguing lighting drew me in. I like the light/shadow contrast, and the fact that my eye stays and wanders around the frame."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Italy, traditional and special italian cheese for sale on a mountain road.

    #italy #old #food #contrast #eat #cool #street #time #love #nice #cheese #visions #your_shoot_2016

    Editor's Note

    I love how bright the table linen and cheese are against the neutral background. This image made me smile. Cheese trucks aren't something I've ever seen and now I'm adding it to my bucket list!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A seller of trinkets and memorablia at Shanghai's picturesque Tian Zi Fang district drinks tea in...

    #china #drink #shop #solitude #tea

    Editor's Note

    This moment is serene and quiet. Sometimes the most calming thing to do is drink tea and spend time with yourself. I love how this woman is quietly taking a moment for herself.

    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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