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52 by 52 9:14am, 26 January 2012
Don’t simply take a photograph of something that is in front of you, but instead focus on an idea that you find interesting — Marc Wilson

Marc adds...
“In other words think first about your subject matter and then find the object or scene to photograph that portrays it.”


- In a sense it's a very open brief, does that make it easier to interpret or harder to know where to begin?
- Do you agree with Henri Cartier-Bresson when he said "Photography is nothing — it’s life that interests me"?
- Is there a subject you've secretly harbored a fascination for for years that might make for an interesting response?
- Does a photo you've previously taken fit the challenge?


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.

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Marc's latest personal project
The Last Stand depicts the landscape as a witness to war.



“Those decaying vestiges of life-and-death human struggle — falling monuments to bellicosity — have a curious attraction to them. The paradoxes are rich. They once showcased unbridled strength and had the prowess to intimidate as they repelled intruders by unrelenting force. This was human power in its rawest form. Now these feeble structures derive their power from something else. With their guns and posts silent, they stand to testify that all things perish. No act of human defiance can possibly win the greatest of all battles of attrition, that of time.”

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As always we're looking forward to hearing people's thoughts!

— 52 by 52 team
dacaccia 6 years ago
I took this one yesterday, just one day too early for the new brief. ;)
Photo through a fence:

Wiener Eistraum
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Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
Spent the weekend looking for "encounters" for the SPNC Instruction 09. This was taken on Saturday after lots of attempts to find something that worked.
Encounter with books and prints
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david_gillett 6 years ago
Understandably we often only share with a select few people our deepest hopes and fears. An idea which interests me is how these profound thoughts aren't necessarily held back from people we know less well, but rather nobody asks.

So after seeing Simon Hoegsberg's Thought Project I started a little on-going series where I ask the question "What do you aspire to?" of a subject and take their portrait. This question can tap straight into what they hold to be true and I've had some fascinating discussions with complete strangers.

"To one day have a great job at a big hotel chain" by david_gillett


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Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
David that's a fascinating project.
Context is really important in the photograph to support the portrait and indicate the aspiration in some way. You've got some real crackers in there.

I have been toying with looking at ageing and have created a set with this in mind. I hope to add more photographs this week, looking at a range of elderly people.
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david_gillett 6 years ago
Thanks Julia, I might pick up the project again for this week's challenge. You've some exquisite portraits in that set, clearly you've got the knack of quickly building a rapport with your subjects.
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Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
The best laid plans....got offered the chance to do a shoot with models and pro make-up, so have used the images from this for the challenge. The elderly will have to take their turn!
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