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Julia M Cameron PRO 11:41am, 7 February 2013
There are already over 100 members of 26 by 26 and we haven't even started the challenges yet!

The 26 by 26 community is made up of photographers from all levels of experience and with lots of different approaches to photography. It is hoped that members will encourage one another by commenting on pictures submitted to the challenges and add their thoughts to the discussion threads.

To begin, it would be lovely to find out a bit about each other.

Perhaps saying where you are in the world, the photographs you like to take (landscape, street, macro, portrait etc) and what you enjoy about photography could be a start?

Hello and welcome!
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LornaMcHardy Posted 5 years ago. Edited by LornaMcHardy (member) 5 years ago
Hi everyone,

I'm Lorna, and I live in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful scenery. I was given my first camera when I was 15 and have been taking photos ever since; but only in a family and holiday snap kind of way until more recently.

I did an alphabetical photochallenge last year within an Open University group, and learnt a huge amount in the process; I'm now running another such challenge myself.

On the "devil's work" to "best thing since the invention of photography itself" scale regarding photoshop and image manipulation, my position is reasonably close to the latter... partly because it allows me to improve my images beyond what I'm able to achieve straight out of camera, and partly because there seems to be very little your imagination can conceive, that cannot be realized in this way... the creative aspect appeals to me a lot.

I'm not keen on street photography, candid shots, portraiture, mostly because I hate being photographed myself and I don't like intruding on other people's privacy and personal space... it makes me very uncomfortable.

Oh, and I'm very much looking forward to this challenge!
MrGorski Posted 5 years ago. Edited by MrGorski (member) 5 years ago
Hello. I'm Mike Gorski and I live in Norwich, UK.
I have not taken any courses in photography, and only picked up a camera after an accident I had about 4 years ago. Basically, I like to work in places, or with subjects, where nothing much seems to be happening, and where I can gradually fix my attention on things that don't shout out to be noticed. It's the ordinariness of ordinary objects that really moves me.
Hello, I'm Sylvia and I live in Swaledale in the Yorkshire dales. Together with my partner John Horner (f11digital) we run Digital Swaledale. We teach photography and run photography workshops in our local area. I used to work as a psychiatric nurse but took early retirement to concentrate on photography and running the workshops. I love most types of photography but I suppose I lean towards landscape. I love different atmospheres and love to process and add my own take on my work.
aitchclarke PRO 5 years ago
Hello!

I'm Hilary and live near Manchester in the UK. I watched 52x52 with interest but never got the courage to join in. But taken the plunge now, so looking forward to challenging myself and seeing what everyone else produces.

I don't think I really have a favoured style, I'm far too easily distracted, so I like the thought of a challenge to keep me on track. :-) I'm working on getting more comfortable with photographing people, as I'd probably prefer my subjects not to move or answer back. I got into photography as a child with my black and white brownie, and still love film cameras and especially polaroids.
Paul Cruickshank 5 years ago
Hello folks.

I'm Paul, a busy family guy who squeezes in photography on two or three lunchtime walks a week. I started taking photography seriously about 2 years ago. I do portrait work and documentary/Street photography. I actively participate in the Street Photography Now Community and very much enjoy following instructions from others and trying to make honest photographs.

I hope to be able to participate here as well as in the SPNC community.
flowrwolf 5 years ago
Hello there,
Kirsten, live outside Melbourne (AUS),recently turned elderly (60). Was given camera by spousal person 2 years ago to keep evil hands busy, he not realising that camera is evil too, haha. Am a novice, no idea which direction I'm going and happily so. Blue collar, semi-retired from the horse racing industry and am looking forward to completely retiring full time to the Bass Coast. Not entirely a people person so photography suits me well. Tend to obsess a bit on ideas that don't quite work out the way I wish them to. Love the variety that groups such as this magically provide. Am also trying to hide inherent idleness by participating in these challenges. Please don't be disappointed by my awkward offerings, I am having fun and learn something everyday. So thank you for letting me be part of it.
Bye for now, K
James_2nd PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by James_2nd (member) 5 years ago
Hello there.

I am James and I live in Bath in the UK. I too am a busy family and working man but try to squeeze in photography whenever I can. Although I have played around with many photo genres over the years my real interest now lies within social commentary/documentry photography ... anything with people in ... so I guess street photography :-) I also spend a lot of time photographing my family ... much to their annoyance of having a camera shoved in their faces all the time ... but I am sure they will appreach it in years to come. Recently I have been mainly focus of the Street Photography now project as a challenge to improve my photography. Hopefully I can get the same out of 26x26 ... which I will most likely approach in a candid way.

Cheers

--James
Monty May (OBSERVE) PRO 5 years ago
Hi!

I'm Michael from Germany - staff photographer at a newspaper - married - two boys - two dogs - SPNP/SPNC veteran - like: documentation, street photography, reportage, iPhoneography, people - dislike: puffed up divas on flickr - please to meet you all (divas included!!)
Joern Greuling 5 years ago
Hi,

I'm Jörn from Hamburg, Germany. I'm rocking the streets with my camera since last year, doing what is called street photography. It's a great fun.

Cheers

Jörn
IngeHG PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by IngeHG (member) 5 years ago
Hi all, I'm Inge (short for Ingeborg), 50+, Dutch expat, bad housewife, very recently moved from Singapore to Belgium. I've been photographing more and more since 2007 when I did the T189 course on Digital Photography by the Open University. I'm a serious amateur photographer, I have photo work published in a book which was produced for a charity, my favourite and comfort zone subjects are flowers, macros, food and still life, but I'll shoot anything that I notice. Not too comfortable with shooting candid shots of people though. I'm thrilled with how photography makes me observe everything better and with a different perspective and I thrive on all the colour in the world. Looking forward to the challenges !
spikebaylor 5 years ago
Suppose I should say hi. My name is Dustin and I live in Orlando FL. My love for photography really took off about this time last year when I took a trip to Australia for work. I took a lot of decent pictures with my old trusty point and shoot. When I got home I realized that I was really lucky to get to travel to some great places and I'd like to learn to take and bring back better photos. So I bought a DSLR and started reading and shooting.

It quickly grew to WAY more than just taking better photos on travel. I haven't found a "niche" yet but I enjoy all types of photography including portraiture (which I NEVER thought i'd enjoy), landscape, and recently wildlife/birds.
Greenman1986 5 years ago
Hi Everyone, I am Alison from NW England. Photography and yoga are my passions in life, along with the natural worls and of course my family. I love my photography, but do not take it too seriously. I am very much an amateur who is learning and enjoyed 52 by 52 as it make me think more imaginatively about my photography. Looking forward to the new challenges!
cromwell_schubarth PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by cromwell_schubarth (member) 5 years ago
Cromwell here from San Jose, California, although I spent most of my life in Boston and early on in Rochester, N.Y., when my dad was in college and working at Kodak.

I shoot all kinds of pix although I only tend to play with film: instant, 35mm and 120. My father worked at Polaroid for about 20 years so that is most of what I post on Flickr.
mmumfordsmith03 5 years ago
Hi, I'm Maureen. I live in Norwich, UK and am a musician. I took part in the first year of 52x52 and now do my own projects, but am really excited to take part. I work quite long hours, so have less time than I'd like to give to creative stuff, but hope to manage all the challenges.and look forward to getting to know people.
LarryH. 5 years ago
Hi all,

I'm Larry from London, a keen street photographer, although relatively new to the game, having only started exploring the genre over a year ago. Joined SPNC half way through year 2, and continue to actively contribute during year 3. Can't state enough how inspirational groups like SPNC and 52x52 have been for me. During 52x52's 1st year, I wasn't able to participate much due to a lack of time to focus on both instructions, but aim to put that right during the 2nd year of this excellent project.
maximilianen 5 years ago
Hello everyone! I'm Massimiliano from Italy. I like working on street photographic pictures and spontaneus portraits. I.'m based in Lucca, Tuscany.
Cheers, Massimiliano
msiagirl PRO 5 years ago
Hello my name is Pey and I learned so much participating in 52x52. I'm new at photography and just began taking photos 3 years ago "in between things" but almost everyday. The challenges really push me here like no other place, it's a wonderful project! My life is pretty crazy but I'd like to make a try at this. I'm studying part time for an MA in creative writing and i have two teenagers and an aromatherapy practice. I'm a mobile photographer, I only use the iPhone so far but now I've got a Diana F+ and some film too. Sometimes I will submit a Hipstamatic especially if I'm catching up on a challenge and am experimenting on the idea and thinking behind it as that's the hardest bit for me! Looking forward to being part of this project with all of you.
msiagirl PRO 5 years ago
I forgot to say I'm really absentminded and not a morning person and I live in Bath, UK (for 18years) though I am Malaysian and sometimes I go home to visit my mother so I may submit from there. I'm also a self taught person with no formal training but I really love the act of looking.
Palofperu PRO 5 years ago
Just want to say hello to everyone!
dongbide PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by dongbide (member) 5 years ago
Hi, I'm Peter, living in nice city of Hamburg, Germany. I'm always pretty busy, but when I have time, I'm doing street-photography, which doing I like very much. I have a boy of eight, and sometimes he is going out with me. He has his own little camera and doing streets, like me. Sometimes he's running into my picture, or sometimes pushing me away. Still, we have a lot of fun, when going out together. I'm participating on SPNC only from this session on, still it gives me a lot of ideas working on something special. By the way, in 26 by 26 I'm not always sure, if I have understood the instruction correctly, but will try hard.
charming kettle [deleted] Posted 5 years ago. Edited by charming kettle (member) 5 years ago
Hi all,

I have been following 52x52 and SPNC for the past two years. I post photographs only sporadically. As a true child of the 90s (born '78) I'm all over the internet and slightly ADD. I enjoy many things but have a tough time committing to any of them. As such there's not much to see on my page yet.

I enjoy taking my camera with me when I go out with a friend and to take photographs of the crowds (I have no flash equipment. :-( ). I'd like to segue into portraiture. I think photography is difficult and am always happy when I read a comment with helpful advice.

I try not to shove my opinions under the carpet. If my stint at the university and my friend group taught me one thing (for better or for worse) is to allow for disagreement, learn from opposing views, and not be afraid to adjust my own. This can lead to me coming off as an oaf or a pr**k from time to time. I'm sorry.

At this time of writing I work at the university as a financial administrator. I'm a bit compulsive about my Excel sheets. I also have a BFA in screenwriting gathering dust on a cupboard somewhere.
Monobod PRO 5 years ago
Hi, my name is David and I live in Norfolk, about 14 miles West of Norwich. My main interest is Street Photography, but I will have a bash at anything that takes my fancy. I have owned several film cameras over the years, but now have settled on digital with the rare occasional tranny now and then.

Due to the influence of a close friend, I have become interested in bird photography, so have joined the RSPB. Norfolk is blessed with lots of wildlife sanctuaries and reserves, so there is plenty of opportunity to improve.
aspiring story [deleted] 5 years ago
Already 'known' to the group as the 'brother' in Catt1871's challenge #7 submission! My introduction to this group was entirely as a result of a discussion about how that challenge could be achieved, although at that point I wasn't aware that I was the solution.

Been photing for many years on and off, and currently I'm 'off'. But having had a look at this group and the intent it seems to me to be a very good way of casting off the shackles of photographic apathy and getting the trusty old D90 back out... The truth in that statement will of course only be realised when I actually submit something, But a journey of a thousand miles etc etc.

I'm currently living near Newark in Nottinghamshire, and my interests in photography tend to be landscapes, transport and most definitely not people (taking photographs of that is).
ireniclife PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by ireniclife (member) 5 years ago
Hi

I'm from Birmingham in the English midlands.

I had my first SLR when I was 21, and have have been into photography ever since, my interest waxing and waning at various stages of life. Two years ago I moved to a DSLR, and discovered Flickr, which has rekindled my enthusiasm, and not often a day passes without me taking a shot or two.

I use my camera to document my life, like a sort of diary, and I have recently been getting in to street and candid photography, which I really enjoy. Also I have begun experimenting with B&W. I'm not big on post processing, so most of the images you will see here will only be lightly edited.

I welcome feedback, compliments are lovely, but equally welcome is constructive criticism, as I am always keen to learn.
ireniclife PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by ireniclife (member) 5 years ago
Oh I forgot to say, since I am coming late to this group I'm going to try and do some or all of the previous challenges if i can, though it will take me 3 or 4 months to catch up
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