26 by 26 7:38am, 25 July 2013
Challenge #11:
The answer is in the background.
– Remi Chapeaublanc


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"This series of diptychs is the result of a personal reflection on the meaning of the discovery. Shot along a three month long wandering, the series intends to question the spectator about his identity as a tourist being turn by turn the watcher or the one bieng watched. In front of each diptych, the spectator faces two visions of a same person with his own unconscious way to reach this stranger."


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
g*treefrog 5 years ago
mmmm,,,,,,,I guess I'll need to look extra hard at the photos since my French is not what it was, which wasn't much!
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 5 years ago
Another set of inspirational images set in exotic places. Perhaps Norwich will look exotic to the outside world especially since the World Premiere of the film Alpha Papa (Alan Partridge)! Remi's paired images are amazing.
I love the "single-use neighbours" project and think this is more accessible to me as a concept.
Today I am going on a bus journey with blind people to show how difficult this method of travel is without sight....just hoping to get some good backgrounds as well as to make a point on their behalf.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
#06 Striking woman
Monty May (OBSERVE) PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Monty May (OBSERVE) (member) 5 years ago
Two Girls In A Mercedes

Requiescat In Pace

Having Fun #2

In Front Of Pellegrin's Picture
maximilianen 5 years ago
SPNC - Y2 #4
dacaccia 5 years ago



sobrenivel 5 years ago
Sin título

Sin título

Sin título

Sin título

Sin título
IngeHG PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by IngeHG (member) 5 years ago
Decisions, decisions

Where is the porcelain shop, please?

there's a lion in my bedroom ...
photodrum PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by photodrum (member) 5 years ago
What I get from his text is that he was questioning his own identity in an area where he did not fit in, i.e. a tourist. If you go hanging some large SLR around your neck and walk around in public you become equally conspicuous. People will react to you as they would a tourist. The same situation is now in play. What I understand as the second part of his images is integral to the diptych. You can not tell much about a person when you are shown only a face. The subject is isolated but when he is incorporated into an environmental portrait, so much more information is transmitted, hence the name of the challenge. It is the dynamic of the viewer oscillating between the two that drives his work. What you don't see is the view of Monsieur Chapeaublanc in his endemic environment from the eye of the subject in the photograph.
krysolove 5 years ago



JHS20 5 years ago
I thought we had a rule saying - no nudes?
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago

It's a rule...but if I guess rightly, you have are referring to the photograph of the artwork on the side of the Leopold Museum. The image of the naked man on the Museum is viewable in a public space. My interpretation is that it is a photograph of an artwork depicting a nude and not a photograph taken directly of a naked man and so is permissible.
The rule also states no posting of nudes in the group pool and this is in a discussion thread...sorry to sound pedantic...but all we are trying to do is to keep the pool "family friendly".
Julia (admin team)
26 by 26 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by 26 by 26 (admin) 5 years ago
Hi John,
The rules apply primarily to the group pool, not the discussion threads. That said dacaccia's shot would is fine in either, it is a photograph of a photograph, in the background of the frame and arguably isn't explicit. We must be careful not to be too draconian in the application of this rule.

Hope you understand,

... ah, I've just seen Julia's reply, we've said much the same thing.
I wonder whether a female nude would be as controversial?
martkelly 5 years ago

Spot on in my view.
Mark W Russell Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (admin) 5 years ago
When I first read this I interpreted that Remi was talking about the "background" of the individual, as in their context, environment, social setting, etc.
It seems most have taken a view of the physical background of the context.
I am not saying one is right and the other wrong. Just differing readings of the challenge.

Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 5 years ago
Mark Russell123:

I agree with your observation Mark. I think this lends itself to a bit of experimentation with diptychs or paired images and in the use of which Remi is very accomplished.

Here is my set with examples of both approaches, but my submission has been the diptych.

ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
Here's one I made earlier

A sign
ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
Mark Russell123:

Yes Mark I think there are a number of ways to approach this, and I am already fascinated to see how folks are thinking about the challenge. Leaving aside Remi's original approach, my own thoughts immediately go to, if the answer is in the background, 'what is the question?' There are lots of ways to think about that too.......oh I do love this group ; )
Leripix 5 years ago
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