Your best photos of the week, April 5, 2019

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

Published 9 Apr 2019, 00:37 BST

The Your Shot photo community never ceases to amaze me (maybe that’s why we were nominated for a Webby… vote here). On my mind as I made this photo selection for the weekly roundup were the reasons why we make photos. I was traveling last weekend to a new place with friends I hadn’t spent time with in many years, and while I loved documenting our antics, I felt myself gathering everyone for selfies more often than usual. As documentarians, we frequently aren’t in the pictures of our lives because we’re making them, so I like to think a little selfie here and there never hurt anyone.

This past week, Stephanie Hohmann’s selfie inception immediately caught my eye for a plethora of reasons: color, silhouette, patterns, and textures coming together in one harmonious scene. By using her own reflection in two planes of the photograph, her figure closes the gap between spaces and adds a human element to the moment. A selfie doesn’t have to be photography we shy away from or condemn. It’s a valid method of documentation that allows us to explore our surroundings while including our likenesses.

Maybe we make photos for other people like editors, our families, or friends, but I think what’s most important is to make photos for you, the photographer. The photos you make for yourself might be as simple as a selfie with your friends in a new city, but they still matter because you made them for yourself and no one else.

Just remember to follow the light, and your selfie will already stand apart from the rest.

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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