26 by 26 7:19am, 22 August 2013
Challenge #13:
Take a photograph of a place that is less than one mile from your home.
– Fabrice Fouillet

Fabrice adds…
"We can often have the feeling that interesting things to be shot can only be found somewhere else, far away from home. So maybe it could be something you see everyday without considering that it could be interesting."

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"Fabrice Fouillet was born in 1974. He first studied sociology and ethnology, then photography at the Gobelins school in Paris, and specialized in still lifes. His out-of-studio approach fluctuates between art and documentary and aims to explore the close relationship of men with their environment.

His work favours a thorough architectural approach and stems from a particular outlook and idea, serving uncluttered aesthetics. In 2013, his series on new places of worships, "Corpus Christi", won the Sony Awards in the category Architecture."


As well as being a good place to connect with other members and share your initial reactions, thoughts about how to 'solve it' and any links you think might help the group. This can also be a good place to include any old photos you have that fit the challenge or your work-in-progress during the two weeks before posting your final image to the group pool.

We're looking forward to hearing people's thoughts, good luck everyone!
— 26 by 26 team
Joern Greuling 5 years ago
Nice instruction. Here is a photo of a place close to my home that I took last week.


I came there quite often within the last years, but usually not for photography.
ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
Taken a few days ago close to home
Northfield Manor House site 19
Wendy A. 5 years ago
I have not been participating in this challenge since week one due to my job however, with summer wrapping up my job has finally slowed down & I am looking forward to jumping back in & what a great challenge to start with!!! I was just on vacation & realized part of my lack of photographing this summer has been exactly this reason - I find my area ordinary & often times miss the extraordinary right in front of me. Looking forward to getting out & seeing what I find.
g*treefrog 5 years ago
I'm thinking I may use the Random point generator that was one of the challanges in 52 by 52: I had a lot of fun using that.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Could be an opportunity to try to see our immediate surroundings as an outsider might see them. Be a tourist...with a camera...look around with different eyes.
darcydancer PRO 5 years ago
Spine Leicestershire
dongbide PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by dongbide (member) 5 years ago
Out of the window:
HH 042

Behind the house:

HH 073
BeccaG PRO 5 years ago
We have a fantastic river just down the road from my house -
upside down world
krysolove 5 years ago
From my room window:

From my window

From the kitchen window:

Roofs and window

Inside our house:

Morning snow
Leripix Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Leripix (member) 5 years ago
This is great, not only to see everyone's take of their own patch but it also satisfies my curiosity about where everyone lives.

On the minus side, I'm just about to travel further than I've been for months over the next few days. C'est la view.

Good luck everybody.

1/2 mile away

1/2 mile the other way
dacaccia Posted 5 years ago. Edited by dacaccia (member) 5 years ago
just round the corner:

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Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago

Work in progress
clairekastelan Posted 5 years ago. Edited by clairekastelan (member) 5 years ago
Canoeing down the "drain".

Canoeing down the drain
Monty May (OBSERVE) PRO 5 years ago
100 meters away from my home:


400 meters away from my home:

Foto Finish - Monty Pigeons Flying Circus

600 meters away from my home:

Green Building #1

800 meters away from my home:

Fatboy Slim
johnpaddler PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by johnpaddler (member) 5 years ago
Great stuff, Monty! Especially the first two - the start of project, escaping from home...

And Leripix' bug-out crowd!
Kristin Ator 5 years ago
Down the street last spring.
Tree Bones
Kristin Ator 5 years ago
I was curious as to what all was included within a mile of my place, and found this tool that allows you to show a 1 mile radius (or any distance) from a point on the map:
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Kristen, that is such a useful tool and makes it so easy to work out the circle!
Mark W Russell 5 years ago
Kristin Ator:

Thanks Kirstin - a great little tool. Like the Random Point Generator we used last year.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
The Challenge setter's own work is based on the idea of place as location, in particular an architectural setting. I am a bit puzzled by the photographs being submitted to the challenge that are not embracing this theme. Photographs of "a place less than a mile from home" suggests going out and about in a small radius (a mile) from home...outside of home and finding something that you regularly see but have not photographed before. While wide interpretations are expected and acceptable there is a great opportunity to be missed by not following the spirit of the Challenge.
Mark W Russell 5 years ago
It would be great if people used the "mapping" feature for their shots in this challenge, so we can make sense of where the various places are in the world.
photodrum PRO 5 years ago
I posted a spider because it was the only thing interesting enough to me to photograph WHICH I HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY PHOTOGRAPHED. I live in a very rural area and have access to probably less than 3% of the area inscribed by the 1 mile circle because the land is all private property. There are no government buildings, no sidewalks, no public places within that circle. There is a school - a 1 story non-descript utilitarian structure, but the kiddos have not yet started up their fall classes and the property is fenced and watched by a grounds keeper. It is visually uninteresting. There is a very small, run down and converted barn where livestock auctions take place on a seemingly random schedule. While it is visually interesting, there has not been an auction event since the brief was posted, There are no streams or rivers. The land is a mixture of open grazing land and forested areas. There are significantly less than 100 homes in this 1 mile circle. I have gone out on numerous (somewhere north of 20) occasions to try to identify something interesting to photograph close to home in the 6 years since we have been here. I have done a few nice frames, but since I've already been-there-done-that, I do not wish to duplicate my efforts. I posted a spider because it was the only thing interesting enough to me to photograph WHICH I HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY PHOTOGRAPHED. I have since removed that image from the group. Here are a few frames, all within 1 mile of my home, which were done over the past few years:

Z, D & M in M's tree house

Not Danyelle's world

Treachery of Windows (The Human Condition)
Mark W Russell Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (admin) 5 years ago

Hi Fred
You mention above your search for the "visually interesting" and I am reminded that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or rather in this case the photographer.
Your descriptions make me think that some of the humdrum places close by might be of interest. I think of the work of the likes of William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, and Alec Soth just to mention a few.
I have for this challenge been photographing in an area I never normally go and that is of almost no visual interest, but I have found pockets of interest because of the light, colour, etc. I hope my thoughts have given you some encouragement.
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 5 years ago
Hi Fred,

Wise words form Mark. I have seen his studies of fences that he is doing for the brief. Here is a photo from last year's Challenge 52x52 Challenge #25
Photograph something you've been looking at or walking past for a long time, but which you've never photographed before.
— Palani Mohan

#25 Walk Past 4

This is "architectural" and I walked past it almost every day without so much as an upward glance, is within 100 yards of my home...not the most interesting object, but makes an interesting shape (I thought).
It may be worth photographing something you have already photographed .... again but from a different perspective or to look for the shapes and patterns of space i.e. take an "architectural" view of the place's potential interestingness.
photodrum PRO 5 years ago
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photodrum says:

I am aware of the work of Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Joel Sternfeld, Alex Soth as am also informed by the work of Shelby Lee Adams, Alex Webb, Robert Adams and William Albert Allard, to name a few, and others in that genre. Indeed, I have publications by each of them.
The brief was posted just under 2 weeks ago but I have been working on this very project for more than 6 years. I have culled a sample portfolio of more than 100 images from an even larger rough accumulation entitled "These parts". One day, I may look into having it published. It is an ongoing exploration of the place in which I live but my radius is about 3 miles - not 1. Included are images of several churches, other buildings and events in the San Antonio town square, the campus of St. Leo University, restaurants, grazing land, orange groves, kumquat groves, people who live and work here, a dead cow I came across in the middle of the road, Sandhill Cranes, Peacocks, 4th of July celebrations, Bromeliads, auctioneers and other individuals in that live stock auction mentioned above, numerous landscape images, images from a local rodeo, large rolls of hay on a just-harvested hayfield, a prayer grotto, fruits and vegetables at a road side stand, various signage, the local city hall, images from the local annual "Rattlesnake Festival" and the "Kumquat Festival", and more - all within 3 miles. I understand how someone can not see how a single stand-alone image of a spider addresses the brief, but for me, adding a macro of a spider or a close up of a bird or flower, only adds to the sense of place and serves to strengthen my ongoing portfolio. I know there ARE many more images to be made - some of them within the 1 mile radius specified. I mentioned several of these possibilities earlier, but until the time is aligned for me to make those images and/or if the radius is enlarged, I am tapped out and I see no point in repeating myself. I have removed my spider from the group. I would add that probably the number of my images on this topic alone exceed ALL of the working and submitted images from the total group. I just don't have one that is not a duplicate of something already done and from these two weeks and within the one mile radius as put forth in the brief. The problem for me is not in having to find something to photograph, it is finding something that I have not already exhaustingly searched, identified and photographed.
Leripix 5 years ago
Simon five 5 years ago

Nice list
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