At Play With National Geographic’s YOUR SHOT

YOUR SHOT On National Geographic

by Carl Kruse

Among the many sites to share images online — Instagram, 500px, Snapchat – one of the best is National Geographic’s “Your Shot,” a place where amateurs and professionals alike gather to share their photos. Their effort makes YOUR SHOT a feast for the eyes. And often the soul.

Some of what happens on “Your Shot” finds its way to the fabled pages (at least for photographers) of National Geographic, making YOUR SHOT also a catapult for aspiring artists hoping to attract the attention of a larger stage.

Of special interest is the “Daily Dozen” where magazine editors select their 12 favorite images of the thousands uploaded daily. Most of these photos are a fantastic voyage in of themselves, and taken together a respite from the travails of daily life. Much goodness here.

For fun I’ve taken to posting some of my own iPhone images to strut  along the Canon 5D and Nikon 4DS images of world-class photographers. While superior cameras make it easier to create beautiful images, it is ultimately technique and the artistic eye that make way for the magic on YOUR SHOT, giving even those with lowly smartphones a chance to run for the money.

Examples of iphone photos I have posted on “Your Shot” include:

Carl Kruse NYE Miami

Street Art Berlin, Germany

carl kruse meki image

More Street Art in Berlin, Germany

Others include:

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/10142571/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/9974413/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/10001003/

Surely, you can do as well, probably better.

Photographers retain full copyright to their photos, so all cool for those worried the big bad magazine will abscond with your work.  By the way, all images on this site are copyright Carl Kruse.

Stop by and check out what’s happening, and if you do, say hello.

On YOUR SHOT I’m at

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1247970/

My National Geographic profile is

https://members.nationalgeographic.com/108927222984/

Keep doing goodness.

Carl Kruse

Reach out to me info AT carlkruse DOT net.

 

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Carl Kruse – The Boros Bunker

The Boros Bunker in Berlin
By Carl Kruse

What to do with an abandoned, six-story tall World War II bunker in Berlin? If you’re Christian Boros, build a 10,000 square-foot penthouse atop, fill lower levels with eclectic post-1990 art and open to the public.
Pock-marked walls show battle damage from war
The Boros Bunker, originally designed by Albert Speer in 1942 as an air raid shelter for top-level Nazis, metamorphosed into a banana storage during the Communist era, then into a rave hotspot in the 1990’s before finding itself in the hands of Christian and Karen Boros.

A five-year renovation by Berlin’s Realarchitektur resulted in its present-day glory, receiving the Beton Architectural Prize for 2008.
Boros Bunker
A historical structure, home, and private art collection all in one, the bunker is a fantastic testament to what we can do if we want to do it. The artists in the collection include Olafur Eliasson (a favorite of Christian and Karen), Damien Hirst, Elizabeth Payton, Anselm Reyle, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Tobias Rehberger.   This is not a museum but a private vision, the personal adventure of two people who love art and gathered what they thought worth gathering.  And as they went collecting, they imagined living with all of it (or at least on top of it), which led them to the bunker.
Kruse - Boros Exhibition
This place is worth a visit when in Berlin.  Its collection might leave you wondering what is Art, and why some works are here. Christian Boros perhaps wonders himself as he says that he deliberately buys art that he does not understand.  Whatever your impression it is a magnificent project, an adventure, one heck of a wild exploration.

Boros Bunker: Reinhardstr 20, Berlin – Mitte

Carl Kruse

Contact Carl Kruse:   info AT carlkruse.net

Further links:
BOROS Bunker ( Kruse )
Video of Boros penthouse ( Carl Kruse link) 

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