26 by 26 8:50am, 16 May 2013
Decide upon an emotion you wish to convey, use that as your guide to build your story.
— Ian Teh

Ian adds…
"One of photography's greatest strengths is its ability to emote through its ability to suggest. How would you frame your image based on the emotion you have decided upon? What colours will you use (or not)? What details will you include (or not)? What elements will be a constant recurrence in your story? These are just some of the thoughts that you could ponder upon. This reductive process helps define a framework that will guide you into capturing that distinct emotional note you are looking for in your story."


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This is an intimate journey into some of China’s most industrialized cities; an exploration of the darker side of the economy’s bright, shiny façade. It portrays the bleak landscape and daily lives of people living within the country’s coal industry. Here humanity has become the anonymous cogs that work this great industrial machine in order to perpetuate the ambitions of a Chinese nation. This is a glimpse of another life and another world rarely seen.
Ian Teh


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

(a quick reminder that submissions should have the challenge number in the title or description, there's only one submission allowed per challenge and old photos are only permissible in the discussion threads and not the group pool)
Mark W Russell 5 years ago
Looking through my old work; here are some shots that go part way to fitting the bill:-

"Waiting for Mr Smith" - Instruction #27: "Bend the rules and play tricks with the mind; make documents of moments that have never existed." - Peter Funch

#32 Untitled III


"Spotlite; journey from Calvary"
Monty May (OBSERVE) PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Monty May (OBSERVE) (member) 5 years ago
Great challenge!!

Gallery #1

Prince Charles

Fatboy Slim #4

Narbonne Plage - France

Crichton Castle

De Hoge Veluwe #2
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Love this challenge...lots of possible interpretations.

Steel and light
cjcrosland PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by cjcrosland (member) 5 years ago
What a wonderful instruction! And I love Ian's examples.


when black night has stolen the colour from everything
johnpaddler PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by johnpaddler (member) 5 years ago
Sounds like an invitation to create a photo-essay.

Shall we all try to make a coherent and edited set for this challenge,
posting one key photo from the set to the 26 by 26 pool.
Larking About Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Larking About (member) 5 years ago
The interesting and tough thing (for me) would be to decide the emotion first and then find the shot as in street photography it is usually the other way around.
sobrenivel 5 years ago
Sin título
photodrum PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by photodrum (member) 5 years ago
Here's my first go at the emotion challenge. I chose to portray Ambivalence through a selfie.
Challenge #6 Emotion: Ambivalence_ MG_8410.jpg
maximilianen 5 years ago
Super challenge!
Senza titolo
~ Meredith ~ 5 years ago
Another really interesting challenge. Exploring one or two ideas around how to interpret this but in the meantime here's one I made earlier :)

gri2011 5 years ago
~ Meredith ~ 5 years ago
This is very much a fledgling idea and I'm still figuring out how best to work it. Would really welcome any comments / critique. It's based on the Art of Floriography or The Language of Flowers which Wiki describes as "a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. This language was most commonly communicated through tussie-mussies (small flower bouquets), an art which has a following today."

Challenge #6 The Language of Flowers
photodrum PRO 5 years ago
Really interesting idea, Meredith - it would be cool to be able to translate bouquets! I never met anyone who spoke floriographian. Are there different dialects? :>)
~ Meredith ~ 5 years ago

Wouldn't it just :) if there are different dialects imagine the cross cultural confusion it could cause :) From some of the reading I've done though it seems some flowers have common meanings regardless of the culture and sometimes they have conflicting meanings too.
Leripix 5 years ago
Plenty of street emotion in the SPNC pool (Year 2 instruction 12) Already spotted a few of "us" in there.
~ Meredith ~ 5 years ago
So this is where I've got to so far....I think in the back of my head I had John Paddler's idea of making a coherent set out of these.

Challenge #6 The Language of Flowers

Challenge #6 The Language of Flowers

Challenge #6 The Language of Flowers

Challenge #6 The Language of Flowers
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
~ Meredith ~:

This looks like the start of something very exciting. The idea of running with a series and picking one for adding to the pool seems to be a really developmental approach.
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 5 years ago

My set is based on imprisonment.
cjcrosland PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by cjcrosland (member) 5 years ago
Meredith - the pictures in your set are very beautiful and the explanations about the symbolism is fascinating. How typical of the Victorians not to express emotions in a strightforward way, yet their symbolic solution has yielded something so very expressive!
I could immediately sense the emotions just looking at the pictures - I only read the text afterwards, and it reinforced the feeling I was getting.

I love your set Julia. Torn between how much I love the colours and the symbolism of the stark b&w, which expresses how being captive drains life of it's colour on all levels. The descending the staircase has a nice Duchamp echo to it, and I love it's ambiguity - as Meredith mentionned, it could equally express the moment of escape, as well as the descent into captivity. Maybe it's the hope of freedom that is an intangible ghost in the imagination of the prisoner!

Something I often notice when making self-portraits is that I have an idea of the emotion i want to express, but afterwards I notice other emotions in there that I was unaware of initially.

My set explores feelings around loss.

I'm aware that one of the rules for this group is "no nudity". I'm taking that to mean anything that would count as "explicit" and not suitable for a potentially all-age audience but it would be great to have some other opinions on that. I'm wanting to explore vulnerability in my pictures, not offend people!!!
david_gillett 5 years ago
RE: Nudity: Exactly.
Really enjoyed the set.
Mark W Russell Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (admin) 5 years ago
As the new Flickr layout has deleted the format giving access to the "explanation" of the development of my thinking in relation to this shot, I lay it out here again:-

My thought path and travel has gone along a path with two different but joined destinations.
Picking an emotion was relatively random. Envy it was with all its connotations of jealously, greed, desire, resentment, spite and coveting.
Now to building a story through images. I was not going to be able to get myself into a environment like those shot by Ian Teh.
So firstly could I “…emote through its ability to suggest.” My first train of thought was colours. I have been reading a mix of articles, etc. about Psychological Properties of Colours; so what colour was envy? Traditionally it has been portrayed through green.
So my first, series I tried were a local copper covered building in its park environment of green trees and grass. Some of these shots had smaller elements of grey, which got me thinking that grey may be able to portray the rather negative, depressing sense of envy.
My second series of shots were taken against a grey slate covered building, with passersby selected for their dull/dark clothing. Whist the colours and tones were the sort of thing I was looking for the subject matter did not, in that it did not rise above the aesthetic produced.
Later, a random shot of a duck diving and leaving concentric circles across water; grey and abstract got me thinking.
So secondly, I went away to think about this and was stirred by a second hand book I had bought the other week. The book was “Weegee’s Creative Photography” published in 1964. Yes, here were a set of images I had never seen before by the “famous/infamous” street photographer who was know for his crime scene photographs. The images and techniques described in this book included a range of manipulations where he tapped tubes onto lenses and then inserted mirrors and reflected material, creating all sorts of kaleidoscopic and multiple images. These picked up where the surrealists of the 20/30s had gone.
Those of you who know me a little will know of my previous shots where I have used various ways of distorting images will know where I was heading next.
It occurred to me that for me at least the emotion of envy (and its related emotions – see above) when experienced puts me in an almost physical sense of spinning out of control. How could I portray this? I worked out a way of doing this and set off to shoot a series of these “spinning shots”. The composition as it is shot “in camera” and a little tweaking has occurred to draw out the best of the colours, and the sense of disorientation.
~ Meredith ~ 5 years ago

Thank you Camilla. Very much appreciated :) I have to say I really like your set too. Strong and definitely showing the idea of vulnerability. I wish I'd thought of this myself.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago

Thanks for your comments on my set Camilla. Looking forward to seeing yours on loss. I'm sure you will make some very powerful and beautiful images.
As for nudity..well, you know what is "tasteful" and "appropriate".
Joern Greuling Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Joern Greuling (member) 5 years ago
Old stuff from 2012 Kiev, Ukraine. Maybe a cliche, but I like it:

cjcrosland PRO 5 years ago
Really enjoyed reading about your thought processes and creative processes Mark - sounds like a real adventure into creativity!

Thanks David and Julia for your replies to my question. I wouldn't have shared the shots if I thought they weren't appropriate for sharing but there's always a good reason for making rules, so I just wanted to check that I wasn't missing something important! :-)
Mark W Russell Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (admin) 5 years ago

Thank you Camilla - glad you enjoyed reading of my mind's inner workings on this one - I find my grey matter is always spinning around like this. In fact I was running a workshop at Durham University last week, about using creative thinking and methodologies to help people with problem solving and development opportunities.
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