National Geographic : 2015 Oct
YourShot.ngm.com VISIONS Hakan Simsek Brussels, Belgium Simsek took his daughter to a summertime fair in Brussels. Near a ticket booth, he watched a stranger’s shadow darken its pink facade. He had time to take two shots before the man moved. Andrei Stoica Chandler, Arizona Stoica, a software engineer, was hiking in a remote part of Scottsdale, Arizona. Just before sunset, he noticed a boulder that made an inviting canvas. He positioned himself for a self-portrait. “ Without the face, it’s easier for us to place ourselves, our friends, or our family members into the image, into a story. It leaves room for interpretation and keeps the image mysterious.” —Marie McGrory, National Geographic assistant photo editor EDITOR’S NOTE Faceless Portraits Assignment Faces convey emotion. We challenged the Your Shot community to tell someone’s story without one.