National Geographic : 2009 Dec
YOUR SHOT | PEOPLE Worlds Away Sorting through the hundreds of reader photographs submitted to Your Shot every day, we don't hear echoes---we see them. That silhouette of a proper Russian lady makes us think of that smoke- wreathed Indian holy man; a Berber's unfurled turban calls to mind the shot of an Israeli boy walking past an arrow scrawled on a door. Especially as we look at the pictures of people sent in from all over the world, similarities emerge. Sometimes we find the echoes resonating in the subjects' actions, or in the rhythmic pattern of the photos' backgrounds. Sometimes it's something more subtle. We hope you'll see the echoes in the images on the following pages and that they make you want to look a little closer. ---Margaret G. Zackowitz Soma Shekar Hyderabad, India On a road trip with friends, "we chanced upon a small temple in Vishakhapatnam, India," says Shekar, 29, a software engineer. This sadhu "was enjoying his smoke, lost in his own world." Katerina Evseyeva Yakutsk, Russia The autumn light, a bowl of apples, and her mother's shadow on the kitchen wall inspired Evseyeva, a 28-year-old NGO director, to pick up her camera while the two of them drank tea.