National Geographic : 2014 Nov
YourShot.ngm.com VISIONS EDITOR’S NOTE Charles Hedeen Three Forks, Montana For his job as a crane operator, Hedeen has lots of boots. While packing his gear, he noticed the symmetry, then set up his tripod. The last step: He took off his pants. “I’ve got pasty white legs, which I thought might add contrast.” Liesa Slebos Cottbus, Germany Slebos wanted to find a way to show the societal pressure women feel to be thin and beautiful. “This picture tells the story of hundreds of thousands of girls who are not satisfied with their body, even if it is perfectly healthy,” she says. Helene Barbe Jan Juc, Australia Barbe’s university assignment was to create book covers for Jane Austen novels. For Northanger Abbey she placed her camera under a sheet of glass and pointed it up. “Beauty is only skin deep,” she says, so she tried to blur her face. “Making photographs about your vulnerabilities and struggles is an important exercise. The idea wasn’t to share a lucky shot, but an image thoughtfully considered and planned.” —Rebecca Hale, National Geographic photographer Self-Portrait Assignment We asked members to turn the camera around and show us who they are.