PhotographyYour Shot Photos of the Week

Your best photos of the week, October 12, 2018

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

Yesterday, a National Geographic magazine photo editor, Kurt Mutchler said something during a presentation about an upcoming story that resonated with me. He said, “There is no substitute for time…powerful storytelling can slow people down.” I think this week’s series embodies that principle that if we, as storytellers, slow down and really soak in our surroundings, we can make our best pictures.

This week, I felt a sense of magic in the images I chose in the series. The bold patterns, textures, and use of light created a sense of whimsy and intrigue that let the viewer stop for one more second to take it in, like the first deep breath walking outside on a crisp autumn morning. In this digital age of connection, it can be a relief to slow down and appreciate a beautiful photograph or a story that makes us contemplate life

Your Shot photographers never fail in finding a creative way to photograph their scene as they are constantly gaining and sharing inspiration with each other. Through mentorship programs, conversations around representation and sensitivity and the roles that photo editors play in photography, the Your Shot community is a continuous exchange of ideas in thoughtful story-telling.

I challenge the story-tellers reading this to take another moment while out photographing or writing to remember what Kurt said, “There is no substitute for time…”

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