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The Walk

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Published Jan 9, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 19 Contributors

    19 photos selected by

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Upon reaching the top of this sand dune, looming over Huacachina, Peru, I paused only to catch my...

    #desert #peru #dunes #huacachina #south_america

    There were times when I was editing this assignment that I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for. Was this story going to show next steps and future plans—conceptual themes that can be harder to visualize? Or should it speak to the journey that we're all on and literally show the paths we’ve taken? I decided it should cover both, because those are the images you shared.

    We all interpret things differently. We each have our own filters that we see the world through. This is what makes photography so interesting to me. It’s personal and subjective. It allows the viewer to add their own interpretation to what they're seeing. Which is why I’m fond of photos with lots of layers; they make you dig deeper into their meaning. As photographers, we want the viewer to feel and respond to and understand what that person or place or thing means to us.

    Everyone has his own dream, his own direction to get to his dream, everyone chose for himself a w...

    #walking #dream #way #walk #direction #next

    Editor's Note

    Silhouettes can be overused but this use made sense. By not seeing the people’s faces, the viewer can easily identify with the story this photo is telling—life is constantly moving and changing dir... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Estando sin estar se suben las escaleras de una estación de tren. ¿Quién sabe el destino de la...

    #travel #stairs #poeple #onthego

    Editor's Note

    Several elements combine to make this a perfect photo for this particular story. By isolating the couple in a setting that would typically be full of people, the photographer adds a bit of unease a... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    It was my grandparents 55th wedding anniversary and I just bought my 1937 Voigtlander Brillant Me...

    #love #blackandwhite #grandparents #anniversary #married #black_and_white #120 #55years #rollfilm

    Editor's Note

    I like it when photos break the rules, so to speak. The horizon is off-kilter; the subjects’ backs are to the viewer; and there’s not a lot of detail in the frame because the blacks are so dense. A... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    <p>I was set up to shoot this empty black window when this young man popped his head out.</p>

    #nyc #chinatown

    Editor's Note

    Great use of black and white photography; it clears away the distractions and focuses your eye on... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    View on a street in Lucca.

    #silhouette #shadow #street #roof #black_and_white #lucca #silhouet

    The walk to the exit in the Turbine Gallery of the Tate Modern Art Gallery, London. Join me ...

    #england #london #shadows #people #light #gallery #exit #tate_modern #fuji_14mm #turbine_gallery

    Always travel with no direction, day after day.

    #airport #photography #madrid #futuristic

    Editor's Note

    This is a great photo location for an assignment about personal journeys. Millions of people pass through this airport, sometimes stopping for long layovers with nothing to do but sit and wait. May... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Every moment has its special place because of the uniqueness it carries with it. And its these sm...

    #australia #moment #natgeo #flinders #melbourne #leadinglines #yourshot #siddharthsetia

    Editor's Note

    This photographer was in the right place at the right time. I love the headless body in the background and the caution sign about minding your step. The eerie lighting adds another element that mak... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    This Photo was taken on the way-up to a Monastery at Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Benga...

    #art #path #mountain #people #culture #portraits #mural #curved #traveller #peace_and_calm

    Editor's Note

    This photo is full of symbolism: the dreadlocked man stands motionless in the middle of the frame... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Most of the photos I take in Detroit are when I'm walking. I see a vintage looking building and I...

    Editor's Note

    Like the song says, “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs.” The photo wraps the past, present and future all into one frame. I chose this photo to be published in one of the first stories I c... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Farmer tending to sheep on a foggy morning Galway

    #sheep #fog #field

    Editor's Note

    My ancestors were from Ireland, so I’m particularly drawn to foggy, emerald fields full of sheep ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Snow is not very common in Memphis. When it does come it is a visual playground. As I was roaming...

    #abstract #people #winter #snow #weather #footprints #thewalk

    Sharing a beautiful moment with my gifts from God, having faith, brings eternal life.

    #photos #heart #felt

    A friend bundles up on a cold day at Alouette Lake.

    #blue #canada #pacificnorthwest #pnw

    Editor's Note

    The cloudy skies, the rippling water and the wonderful gesture of the woman raising her hood all ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    It is moments of reflection like this that give the clarity for the way ahead. What is it that yo...

    #sunset #boat #islands #panama #sanblas

    Where am I headed? Perhaps to a quiet evening in Egypt’s Western Desert or a felucca ride on a st...

    #travel #egypt #walk #luxor #explore #thehumanhistory #anticipadethemoment

    My morning walk into bright and sunny future. For this shot I used the big stopper filter, earl...

    #fog #fall #walk #selfportrait #sunrisethismorning #natgeoinspires

    Shot this August 1st in Elgin, Arizona. This is a 30 second exposure @F2.8, ISO 640. Canon 14mm. ...

    #rain #reflection #lightning

    Editor's Note

    The photographer made the best out of a bad weather situation to create an interesting story. I love that the waterlogged tracks on the dirt road not only reflect the dark and stormy sky, but also ... More

    Monica C. Corcoran
    Former Director, Your Shot

    Again and again, I was drawn to an image only to read the caption and feel that it had zero connection to the assignment. What’s the meaning behind the photo? Why are you submitting this, and how does it tell the story of this particular assignment? It might be the most beautiful place in the world, but what does it mean to you—how does it speak to your journey ahead? I had to cut many stunning photos from the final story because the beauty was only skin deep. After the initial 'Wow,' I was left empty.

    You might look at these photos and not understand my choices, but that’s okay. Take another look. What do you feel? Some of the photos show people striding purposefully, determined to get to their destination, fully aware of the end game. Other photos give the impression that the person’s path has not yet been decided, that there are still questions to be answered and plans to be made.

    Ultimately I realized that my questioning of what this story should say mirrored the questions we all have about this journey called life. What are we all looking for? Maybe we’ll never know, and maybe that’s okay. Let’s just keep moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other, with eyes and minds wide open, ready for whatever comes our way. Embrace the unknown—you just might start to feel more hopeful about your future.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this assignment! #LetsExplore

    Editor's note: Congratulations to Ian B., whose photo "Climbing Dunes" was chosen as the winner of the contest portion of this assignment.

    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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