Architectural abstracts to campfires and a silverback – these are your Photos of the Week

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

By Kristen McNicholas
Published 11 May 2019, 21:16 BST
"The first campfire of a spring season offers an opportunity to toast marshmallows, tell stories and ...
"The first campfire of a spring season offers an opportunity to toast marshmallows, tell stories and warm hands and hearts," writes Your Shot photographer Meg Luton.
Photograph by Meg Luton, National Geographic Your Shot

My favourite photographs make me feel something. They stimulate my emotions and bring me closer to the moments in the scene. Sometimes a photograph can elicit joy, understanding, or a sense of intimacy that helps the viewer relate to it on a level invisible to the eye.

Intimacy isn’t always about physical proximity. Intimacy can emerge in a photograph of a father and his children talking while roasting marshmallows or a fluffy gosling cuddled into the safety of its mother’s feathers. It can even be found in the disconnected intimacy that appears in cities where thousands of strangers are next to each other.

Each week as we select images from the daily edits on Your Shot, I’m always delighted to see the myriad expressions of intimacy in photography. Finding intimacy isn’t always an easy feat but the photographers in our community never fail to impress.

Seeing the ways these photographers document their world always inspires me to find fresh visual perspectives of the people and places around me. Here’s to finding the quiet moments between us all in photographs!

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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