52 by 52 9:39am, 19 January 2012
Take a photograph that reveals something about yourself that you've never shown before
— Phillip Toledano

- Who's the audience that you'd be revealing to, the group, Flickr, everyone, yourself?
- Do you feel social media has altered our notion of privacy?
- What are the differences between the image we project online and our true selves?
- Literal or abstract, soul-searching or silly?
- Does a photo you've previously taken fit the challenge?

We're hoping this thread can act as a focal point for discussion around the challenge, including your initial reactions, thoughts about how to "solve it" and any links you think might help the group. It can also be a good place to include any old photos you have that fit the challenge.

Phillip explores his own self-delusion and narcissism (his words!) in the project
Kim Jong Phil. Although not directly about himself, the touching project "Days with My Father", reveals an intimate portrait of a tender relationship and the series "Gamers" looks to uncover hidden characteristics of a subject to which they're unconscious.


Days with My Father



We're looking forward to hearing people's thoughts!

— 52 by 52 team
K8ieSmith 7 years ago
I love this project from photographer Lucy Phillips who posts matchbox sized pin hole cameras for people to photograph 'What Cannot be Seen' The images produced illustrate the most intimate aspects of people's lives.
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 7 years ago
Fascinating K8ieSmith. Thanks for posting that.
In this challenge there could be an element of what you are prepared to show around the world that you consider "private"!
Whether some of this "private stuff" is worth sharing, or even photographing is another question.

Here is one I posted after much consideration as to the message it sent out.....

#13 Preparing for a night out (mirror)

I also wonder what our homes reveal about us? Does the "public" face of our home say more or less than the dark recesses? Perhaps a trip to the attic for me....
Leripix Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Leripix (member) 7 years ago
Wooow. Plenty of food for thought on Mr Toledano's website, and Days with my Father is incredibly poignant.

This instruction is a very very demanding one to "reveal something you've never shown before" (and maybe to regret for ever after) and, like Danielle has done, I think it needs to be done quickly.

So I immediately took a photo of the bottom of my knicker drawer, which contains a lot of bits and bobs I;ve never had the heart to throw away. . but it's now got me thinking about a whole project on the depths of people's cupboards and drawers. So, no, my knicker drawer is not for public view. . yet. .. but again..

Julia - you have posted some very brave shots of late, including the above. It would be interesting to know if you have any regrets (not for one second suggesting that you should). You've raised a very interesting point about our public and private faces, though I would imagine that your attic will be as immaculate as your photographs.

I look forward to seeing the results and getting a deeper insight into all the 52x52 members. xx
Palofperu PRO 7 years ago
Reveal something about myself that I've never shown before...hmmm. Not sure I have anything of interest to reveal. However, like Lerpix my knicker drawer is entertaining as it has some optimistic garments I think I'll fit back into one day....could be a case of I'll show you mine if you show me yours!! Sorry, this brief gives me the jitters.
Larking About 7 years ago
Very interesting points raised. Personally I do not enjoy revealing anything about myself on places such as flickr and until recently I did not even have my real name up. However I always have enjoyed other people's work that is very personal so felt I owed it out of respect to them to answer this challenge though it is so out of my comfort zone!!
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 7 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 7 years ago
In answer to your question, no I haven't regretted posting my recent more revealing images. I did have some qualms about the "aged" version of Simon, but he was happy with the result. He and I have always photographed and drawn each other. Making a self portrait was more difficult and actually, as a woman of 57, I feel it is quite daring, but I soon won't be able to post those sort of things go further south!

Decided that the attic is just too awful, and not really very interesting from an aesthetic point of view.

Have posted a photograph that refers to my previous profession. Hope you like it.
Please also see my set of work in progress for the challenge.
Mark W Russell 7 years ago
Oh guys, I am having a major struggle with this one. Even typing this is painful. Having spent most of my adult life keeping my professional and personal life's separate, the fact of opening up a compartment is hard.
It is poignant that I very much like Philip's "Days with my father", as mine died two years ago to-day.
At the moment I have no ideas to complete this challenge, but it may come together as some of the others have in a moment of inspiration.
Ever hopeful
Julia M Cameron PRO 7 years ago
Hang on in there're having a bad day. Inspiration will come as you are a clever and inventive photographer.
david_gillett 7 years ago
I totally empathise with you Mark, the way in which Phillip documented such a sensitive area of his life would be far too much for me too. I've been finding that parking a tricky challenge for a week or so gives me that extra bit of time to percolate on the concept.
Greenman1986 7 years ago
21- The Rebel waiting to say no to Duty
Groups Beta