26 by 26 8:09am, 3 October 2013
Challenge #16:
Make a picture entirely for yourself.
– Jim Naughten

Jim adds…
"Imagine its going to hang in a gallery and you are the only person who will ever see it. No peers, friends, family, or anyone else will see it. I often use this process to visualise a project or story, free of any outside influence or judgement. You may just find your voice."


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"Each image, a portrait of Herero tribe members of Namibia, reveals a material culture that harkens the region’s tumultuous past: residents wear Victorian era dresses and paramilitary costume as a direct result and documentation of its early 20th century German colonization."

All images copyright of Jim Naughten

More information on Hereros:


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
Palofperu PRO 5 years ago
What a great challenge. Immediate thought is a collage of hopes and memories, loves and losses. The things that stir my soul and make me human.
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO 5 years ago
Wow. I think this is gonna be really testing.
ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
A huge challenge for me. I believe I always trust my own judgement in relation to my photographs, but of course subconsciously i must be wanting others to appreciate them too. A photograph just for me, I think I may be a hard taskmaster, but where to start?
ireniclife PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by ireniclife (member) 5 years ago
Herero woman sitting in the car park

This is no great shakes as a photo, but by amazing coincidence I was in Namibia last week and took this shot of an Herero woman who appeared to be begging. I thought you might like to see it as a contrast to Jim Naughten's images
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Dee, I can't see the pic as it's private. Can you set it to viewable by all please?
Have just had a quick view of your Photostream and there are so many fantastic images of Namibia. Will have a proper look later...

"Where to start?" is a good question for this challenge! This will sort out the snappers from the photographers!
Monty May (OBSERVE) PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Monty May (OBSERVE) (member) 5 years ago
Schlägel Und Eisen #10



ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
Julia M Cameron:

Hi Julia, I have now changed the setting. As I don't think it's such a wonderful shot I hadn't planned to make it public, and forgot that meant the link wouldn't work here.
ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
Crossing the road with Mommy

I think this is 'my kind of shot'
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago

Thanks Dee.
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 5 years ago

#42 Portrait of a stranger

I love very contrasty light on architecture, but also portraiture. Hmmm!
MrGorski 5 years ago
Heh heh heh … 99% of my stuff I made entirely for myself. Of course, I didn't know that at the time.
charming kettle [deleted] 5 years ago
I've never done anything in my life without expecting someone to judge it, of course always hoping for the most positive judgement. This cripples me more often than not. I've probably not worked on any of the challenges so far because of this.

This one is the hardest challenge of them all.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
First ideas...

Simon five Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Simon five (member) 5 years ago

Ah well, maybe in another life then.
Simon five Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Simon five (member) 5 years ago
First thoughts
Still life & underpass 7506

Angel 8632

Goats Head Soup for the Under 10's

cjcrosland PRO 5 years ago

Maybe this is the perfect instruction for you to strike out on a new path?
cjcrosland PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by cjcrosland (member) 5 years ago
I'm pondering the interesting but subtle difference between two senses of making images for myself: one where the actual picture making act is first and foremost for myself, and the other is pictures which I would want to look at in my own private's raised some new thoughts for me.

One from the second category:

One from the first category:
The great unwashed

One which covers both categories:

(apologies for the watermarks already on some of these...)
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 5 years ago

Camilla, I like your classification of process here. Subtle differences of self motivation change the image to be made in a very strong and direct way. Thanks for contributing this significant set of thoughts.
Mark W Russell Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (admin) 5 years ago
I will not consider anyone else in the thinking of, preparation for, execution of or display of my chosen subject.
A blank screen seems to be my solution.



Or perhaps a completely unintentional exposure?

End exposure
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
Mark Russell123: I had debated marking my contribution "private" so it remained unseen by others...but I like your thinking on this.
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO 5 years ago
Mark Russell123:

Strangely mark. I too thought about the blank screen shot. I'm not feeling this assignment just yet.
maximilianen 5 years ago
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
This has been a very productive challenge for me. Fortunately, I have also had some time to indulge my photographic whims and fancies. I hope others of the community have had/are having fun too.

Another set with a lighter feel.
ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
One I prepared earlier

Salt pan Etosha
Mark W Russell 5 years ago
This challenge has been a breath of fresh air for me, in that, in many ways it has enabled me to be somewhat self indulgent. At first the idea that I had total freedom to do as I pleased was overpowering and I did not know where to start.
As is my want in these moods I just went out and shot anything; the outcome being that I fell into a comfort zone of shooting various objects in sunlight to create abstract results (see example “Curves” in the #16 set).
Then one evening I had a moment of inspiration (some might say madness). I was looking through some recent negatives I had shot and it occurred to me that we NEVER look at the exposures at the beginning and ends of films which have only been partly exposed. Usually these are accompanied by wonderful colours of the chemical process Here is a photographic resource that can be upcycled and used to create an image. I started to get lots of these exposures out and began either scanning them or finding them from previous scanning.
It occurred to me that these images were, as Jim Naughten had challenged were beginning to enable me to “Make a picture entirely for yourself.”. These were a “picture” of the image on/in the film which was either the result of a partial exposure or the chemical process or a combination of the both. In fact the film itself was an object from which I was “making” a picture. It occurred to me that this is ONLY possible as part of the analogue process and not possible with digital recording. All of this seems a long way from the normal process of making pictures for these challenges, but this playful approach has enabled me to create a series of pictures which have an aesthetic quality I have sort in other abstract work I have done in the past.
The coming together of the “chance” elements of the partial exposure and the chemical process particularly appeals to me. This has been followed by an editing (selection) process and some editing in terms of post production to create a final product. The fact that I have not actually used a camera in this process to produce these images, I still see it very much as a photographic process.

Leripix 5 years ago
I've really enjoyed this challenge, not only for the opportunity to be indulgent in my own photography but to have the insight into the thought processes of everyone else. Each one seems to be a selfie in one way or another and this is fascinating.

I also enjoyed NOT posting what I thought of as my best shot, but chose one which resonated most emotionally rather than visually. Did anyone else do that?
Steve Leverett PRO 5 years ago
It has to be different ... then all good photos, they have to be different. What's the difference? It's different ... another great challenge.
#16 Secret Naples - Alice2 by Steve Leverett
Mark W Russell 5 years ago

Hi Eleri
I think my approach to this challenge did the complete opposite in that the "emotion" and thinking that normally goes on in selecting a shot both in terms of its making and editing were removed. Therefore I could concentrate on the visual impact.
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