The Force of Nature series is comprised of mosaics of closely cropped photos of the body layered with found photos of natural disasters. Natural disasters are used as a way of expressing forces out of our control, while body parts express the personal and visceral. Together these combined images explore themes of chaos and control, love and loss, inner turmoil and outer calm, exposure and concealment. When viewed from a distance, these images are experienced as one thing, and yet another when viewed up close.
— Marcella S. Davis
wondered what it would feel like to be naked in the big city. So she embarked on a project of self-portraits in some unlikely public places.
By focusing on urban trees that survived WWII, these glass-plate photographs bring a small sense of hope and renewal to the traumatic history of the ghetto in Lodz, Poland.
See full-screen slideshows of the top winners selected by National Geographic this year in all categories of their international contest: Nature, People and Places.