26 by 26 8:42am, 28 November 2013
Challenge #20:
If for some reason you were told you would not be around when your children were adults, what image would you create for them?
– Elinor Carucci

Elinor adds…
“Consider what image you can leave for them that will convey the core of our life, what is really meaningful, what is important according to you?”


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"In 2004 I became a mother.
My daughter, Emmanuelle, and son, Eden, were born in August of that year. After a blissful pregnancy, my labor had to be induced; I ended up with an emergency cesarean section that left me wounded, weak, and in pain. A few days later I was sent home to my new life as a mother of twins. The days passed, some quickly and others slowly. At the same time that I was getting to know my babies, falling in love with them, I was also getting to know myself better. Motherhood revealed the best and the worst in me. I was filled with so many emotions. I felt and saw so much in those first months—the beauty and ugliness, the tears and laughter, the extremes you come to know when you’re a new parent. I tried somehow to deal with it all through my camera, hoping to portray the complexity of motherhood as honestly as I could.”

All images copyright of Elinor Carucci


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
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by scala66/Paul Marsh (member) 5 years ago
This should produce some tender and emotional moments.
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO 5 years ago
Wow. Just had a look at Elinors " mother" series. Some really beautiful, honest moments captured. Excellent work.
ireniclife PRO 5 years ago
My first thoughts are that this challenge presupposed we have children, might be a tough challenge for those who don't. Maybe some of us may have children who are already parents or grandparents themselves. Maybe some of us have outlived our children. Hmm?
lakeland72 5 years ago
This is going to be a tough one for those of us without children, I guess interpreting this as not being around for future generations maybe the way to go.
Monty May (OBSERVE) PRO 5 years ago
This is going to be some archive work. My youngest son is 21 years old.
Here he is as a little boy with our dog Dr.Watson done with an old Leica M4 and colour positive film.

Garder See

So I could post this already.
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago
The Challenges just get tougher!
With or without children, perhaps looking at the future generations and our "legacy" is a way to go.

Blending in
johnpaddler PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by johnpaddler (member) 5 years ago
Just one photo? I would hope to leave my entire Flickr feed. Photos, comments, favourites - the whole caboodle. I've even created a private group for Family to see pictures of their distant relations and ancestors, which I hope will outlast me - and I don't have children!

When I was young, inspired by The Chrysalids (John Wyndham) - I used to imagine how it might be to try rebuilding infra-structure in some post-Apocalyptic time - how do you make steel, how do you make concrete, reinvent the amplifier valve, transistors. So, perhaps a photograph of the Periodic Table, to get them started.

Monty & Julia, lovely photos! Julia, you did a Magritte with the fringe - horizon line!
Julia M Cameron PRO 5 years ago

Thanks! The fringe thing was serendipitous.
You have some interesting ideas for the Challenge. Good luck!
dacaccia Posted 5 years ago. Edited by dacaccia (member) 5 years ago
I have no children, and no-one of my own family is left ...
But when I am leaving this world one day, maybe a bit of my inner feelings will stay. :)

Palofperu PRO 5 years ago
I've just texted my younger daughter to ask her what she'd like ......'Photo of where your will is'!!
cjcrosland PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by cjcrosland (member) 5 years ago
Ah, the amazing rollacoaster of life!
I don't have kids either so I'm thinking along the lines of time capsule...but I don't know yet whether I will be looking at the inner or the outer world
dacaccia Posted 5 years ago. Edited by dacaccia (member) 5 years ago
cjcrosland: !! probably the outer world will turn into the inner world, automatically. (A reason why we are photographing ...)
cjcrosland PRO 5 years ago

The intermingling of the two is often the most interesting,
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