"A group of young Buddhist novice monks studying near the main temple, in Sertar, China," writes Your Shot photographer Sandra Morante. "I couldn't help myself to capture this scene where all of them were facing the wall except the one in the middle. The red shoes located in the stairs add a random and curious effect to the happening."
"A group of young Buddhist novice monks studying near the main temple, in Sertar, China," writes Your Shot photographer Sandra Morante. "I couldn't help myself to capture this scene where all of them were facing the wall except the one in the middle. The red shoes located in the stairs add a random and curious effect to the happening."
Photograph by Sandra Morante, National Geographic Your Shot

Your best photos of the week, May 31, 2019

Each week, our editors choose stunning photos submitted by members of Your Shot, National Geographic's photo community.

In the past few weeks, the question of what to do when you get in a photographic funk has come up often around the Your Shot community. A funk is a perfectly natural thing for creative people to encounter and it happens to everyone. Thinking about this question made me realize I’d been in a bit of a funk myself, and I used a long holiday weekend vacation without screens to get myself back on track.

This is my first Photos of the Week curation since hitting reset on my brain. It feels good to be back looking at photos and seeing little details through our community’s eyes. This week I was struck by Sandra Morante’s image of a single monk looking out from a group in a sea of red and Per-Olof Stoltz’s comical scene from a carnival parade in Sweden. These are scenes we might have seen before, but both of these photographers had their attention ready to find details in the everyday moments surrounding them.

As an editor, when I start to get into a funk, I don’t always detect those details that make the moment as well as usual. I’m thankful that I was able to return to work with my eyes fine-tuned after a weekend away from my phone. If you’re a creative person who is feeling a little burned out, do your best to take a break and reset. It’ll be worth your time!

Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas looks at daily uploads from Your Shot, starting each day by sifting through thousands of photographs. This series is a selection of her favorites from the past week.

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