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Time Capsule

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Published Sep 19, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    Janna Dotschkal
    Associate Photo Editor

    this scene remindes me of new york 40 years ago

    #park #sunet #evning #centerl

    This assignment was no easy task. I asked you to illustrate something intangible; a visual idea that could go in a lot of directions. While some of it is just guessing and catering to what you think my taste will be, most of it boils down to making beautiful, thoughtful images.

    I hope as you look through these images you feel that you are outside of time, that the photos are not so much about 2014 as they are about effervescence and beauty. Many of the images that succeeded in this assignment are ones who found a moment that didn’t feel dated, one that just excluded all those normal cues that carbon-date a photograph.


    Each one of you who submitted photos took a leap of faith that I might see the same timelessness you saw in that moment. That is in itself a brave move—to put your own thoughts, energy and emotions on the line in a picture. Again, you managed to surprise me, and not so much in your photography but through the world your pictures showed me.

    The area of town had few lights at night except for this phone booth lit up like a museum display.

    #night #moody #addsomekeywordstomakeyourphotoeasiertofind

    I love the way she has emerged from the water after ducking under a wave as it rolled over her. I...

    This photo was taken at Southorn Playground Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

    #basketball #playground #wideangle

    In the Opera house. It's so beautiful. I wanna visit there, again, some day.

    #people #house #paris #opera #operahouse

    In each of these moments I see hope for what is to come, hope that our world has some bright lights and beauty yet to be revealed. I see art and play, stolen moments, quiet vistas. I see a world in which we are safe from trouble.

    I wasn’t able to find any stunning images that fell into the category of juxtaposing old with new, but in the end the final product was all the better for it. The timelessness aspect was a difficult one to grasp, and many pictures focused on elements of time such as decay and physical indicators such as clocks. These images did not end up being as engaging as the more energetic, people-centric images I found.

    This is a photograph of Manhattan Bridge I captured trough a wire fence with mesh on it while wal...

    #bridge #architecture #travel #nyc #places #new_york #mytown

    Beautiful water fall "that every drop of dew becomes a crystal in your heart, when every breeze o...

    #india #nature #waterfall

    The Whaling Boats were used for hunting sperm whales in the Azores Islands until the mid 80's. ...

    #landscape #portugal #boats #tradition #traditional #azores #regata #whalers

    The paint may be new on the seaside cabins but catching the last rays of sun on a deckchair is pa...

    #sky #sea #england #sun #summer #people #seaside #summertime #holidays #whitby #promenade #deckchair

    A couple dance to the song, performed by a street performer, in Seattle WA.

    #people #candid #dance #couple #street #love #film #romance #analog #pike_place_market

    How many of us on occasion have thought: “How nice would it be to be a kid again”? This is how I ...

    #girl #kid #portrait #daydreaming

    To me, being with friends and having access to open space are key factors in the quest for happin...

    #farm #happiness #prairie #dining #montanamoment #yourplate #lookoutside #camas_prairie

    Editor's Note

    It's always been a dream of mine to sit at a big table with friends in the middle of a field. The light in this scene is so beautiful and you get a nice taste of the atmosphere from this picture. T... More

    Janna Dotschkal
    Associate Photo Editor

    I clearly remember taking this photo of my grandmother celebrating her 90th birthday. I recall be...

    #woman #celebration #birthday #family #candles #party #grandmother #cake

    What a great time we had strolling around Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid late at night. So much to ...

    #art #city #night #urban #red #people #street #mystery #spain #madrid #nightlife

    My friend, looking out to the open world.

    #mountains #portrait #dailydozen

    Há no cerne de nós indivíduos, pequenos prazeres ao qual dinheiro não pode comprar. Tão pouco pod...

    #beach #children #bw #brasil #pb #fineart #praia #documentaryphotography #criancas #brasil2014

    Editor's Note

    I'm not drawn to many black and white images, but this one stuck out to me. It's a lovely moment where we get to see the adults at work and the kids at play. It also helps that the black and white ... More

    Janna Dotschkal
    Associate Photo Editor

    This photo is taken in 24 of January 2013 in Estonia. Zenit-E and Velvia 100. Very timeless pictu...

    #winter #walking #velvia #tallinn #estonia #zenit #zenith #velvia100 #old_town

    While walking the highline in NYC, which millions have now done, I peered over the railing and sa...

    #street #u #stree #new_york #graffitimundo #kissatsunset #anticipatethemoment

    Two Nepali grannies offered us chips as we waded across the Bhagsu Falls creek in the rain. They ...

    #children #fun #rain #india #travel #waterfall #love #tibet #film #humanity #dharmasala #nepali #grandmas

    Beachobatics photo shoot. The strong Woman of Circa hold up the company's men on there shoulders ...

    #beach #tour #strength #vintage #training #circus #photoshoot #circa #beachobatics

    Editor's Note

    Posed beach portraits have almost become their own genre. People have been taking them since the advent of photography. This one is fun and interesting and we get a sense of who these people are. I... More

    Janna Dotschkal
    Associate Photo Editor

    For those who submitted your most prized moments, you all have proved my early statement that, “It’s entirely possible to make current-day photographs that bend our perception of time.” You have shown that I don’t have to go far to find timelessness; to find the same human truths we all experience daily. We have proven the hypothesis that humanity can exist outside of time.

    About the Editor
    Janna Dotschkal
    Associate Photo Editor
    Janna curates the National Geographic Found Tumblr and is in love with all things photography.

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