Let us travel together into the world of superstitions, where colorful gemstones can foretell your future, fruit and leaves can ward off evil spirits, and romance can be seen in a cup of tea. Take a walk along the love lock bridge, wish upon a shooting star, blow out the candles on a birthday cake—but be wary of broken mirrors, spilt salt black cats.
No matter where we are in the world, we're all connected by having heard, known, or experienced some type of superstition.
This was a challenging assignment, and I want to thank you for participating in a most fascinating journey by taking me into your lives and sharing your amazing interpretations of superstitions from around the globe. I was introduced to many superstitions that I had never heard about before.
Curating your images was a great learning experience for me and at times a little challenging, for I have also learned that not all beliefs are superstitions, and not all celebrations have superstitions. I wanted to be sensitive and respectful of everyone’s diverse beliefs, traditions, faiths, and religion. This sensitivity is one of the many responsibilities of an editor.
I am extremely happy to have this incredible opportunity of being a part of the mentorship program created by David Y. Lee, whose guidance and teachings have been invaluable to me. I am deeply honored to have worked alongside such an inspirational mentor as Kristen McNicholas. Her knowledge, thoughtfulness, encouragement, and energy has been an enriching educational experience, whether it was learning the thought process and intricacies behind the scenes, pitching and editing an assignment, or creating a visual story sequence from beginning to end. I hope that one day in the future to have the privilege to be able to team up with her again.
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!