Nat Geo Assignment: Undiscovered

Nat Geo Assignment: Undiscovered - Kristian Bertel
Wallace Street, India submitted to the assignment ‘Undiscovered’ on National Geographic.


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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘Undiscovered‘. Curated by Matt Adams, an assistant photo editor at National Geographic, is focusing on the undiscovered in the world. Sometimes, as we go about our daily routines, we can get caught up in the monotony. Everything starts to look the same. That is why it is so important to break out of your routine and pursue unique, out-of-the-ordinary experiences that break the mold of your everyday life.

As Matt is saying it: “- You—and only you—define the path your life takes, which is why we’re dedicating this assignment to showcasing and discovering the undiscovered. Whether you take the back road on your way home from work to find a new coffee shop or hike for miles to find a waterfall you’ve never seen before, it’s important to discover new things in your backyard and beyond. Show us what you’ve found”, he says.


”Adolescence is frequently characterized by a transformation of an adolescent’s understanding of the world, the rational direction towards a life course, and the active seeking of new ideas rather than the unquestioning acceptance of adult authority”


About the photograph of the young man
The contributing photographer Kristian Bertel took a picture of young man in Wallace Street in the city of Mumbai in India. ”– What I’m interested in this photograph in particular to depict the development of the undiscovered. The young man, is discovering something about himself in the mirror”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says. An adolescent’s environment plays a huge role in their identity development. While most adolescent studies are conducted on white, middle class children, studies show that the more privileged upbringing people have, the more successfully they develop their identity. The forming of an adolescent’s identity is a crucial time in their life. It has been recently found that demographic patterns suggest that the transition to adulthood is now occurring over a longer span of years. This process is often accompanied or aided by cultural traditions that intend to provide a meaningful transition to adulthood through a ceremony, ritual, confirmation or rite of passage. The final major aspect of identity formation is self-esteem.


”An adolescent begins to develop a unique belief system through his or her interaction with social, familial and cultural environments. While organized religion is not necessarily a part of every adolescent’s life experience, youth are still held responsible for forming a set of beliefs about themselves, the world around them and whatever higher powers they may or may not believe in”


Photograph of adolscence
Another thing about the photograph that the photographer see in it is the theme of self-esteem. Self-esteem is defined as one’s thoughts and feelings about one’s self-concept and identity.

”- Most theories on self-esteem I think state that there is a grand desire, across all genders and ages, to maintain, protect and enhance their self-esteem. Contrary to popular belief, there is no empirical evidence for a significant drop in self-esteem over the course of adolescence”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says.


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