52 by 52 9:06am, 9 February 2012
Take a photograph that depicts the binding and bonding of people local to you
— Jim Mortram

Jim adds "For example a local community event or a place where members of your community meet together, a Social Club, a jumble sale, a Village or Town hall, a protest, a wedding, funeral or fair... any situation that focuses upon the coming together of your local community. "

- How close to documenting reality can a photograph come?
- Are the bonds created through a shared location stronger than those of common interest?
- Can ones empathy with a subject be improved with practice or is it innate?
- 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.

Jim's series
Market Town takes a closer look at the often overlooked and unseen people of his local East Anglian (UK) community. Eugene Smith, Brenda Kenneally and Eugene Richards are Jim's greatest influences, the rapport they have with their subjects can clearly be seen in his own work.

Market Town

“For the last 18 months together with people on or far beyond the outskirts of my local Market Towns community I have been recording through collaborative environmental portraiture, audio and video interviews coupled with straight documentary shoots their life stories and memories, musings, hopes and struggles.

I do this with a passion and belief that the photographs we can make have a weight and longevity beyond our time here, have an ability to communicate a story long after the characters have departed, they are time capsules awaiting discovery.

These are moments of daily endurance that in a generation will have passed forever."


We're really enjoying the discussions, and know we're not alone, so thank you to everyone that has contributed - we're looking forward to hearing your thoughts this week.

— 52 by 52 team
Julia M Cameron PRO 7 years ago
Rain 2

This was taken at a gathering of Norwich Pride as the rain started. Not only were the people gathered in pursuit of a common cause, but also united by the adversity of the weather.

In the absence of a suitable "event", I'm thinking of church goers, youth "hanging out" by our library or informal gatherings of "eaters" around the market. Will set out with my camera and see what comes along.
david_gillett 7 years ago
Clever shot Julia, the reflection of the umbrellas hints at both their cause and the thing that unites all English folk!

At the moment I'm thinking about popping into the Liberal Club around the corner from me as I've never been in one before. Do the people in Liberal Clubs have particularly broad-minded views, are they all liberal democrats, where on earth does the name come from and does the history that it hints at still form a common bond for its patrons? Naive question I'm sure but it's something I've been wondering for years so hopefully this challenge will be a chance to find out!

Last summer I accompanied my dad on a saga coach trip up to the Isle of Mann. Our fellow passengers came from all walks of life, but hailed from the same town.
Julia M Cameron PRO 7 years ago
David, this is a wonderful set of witty and yet compassionate images.Hope you have a great time with the Liberals!
Leripix 7 years ago
Gosh, Jim Mottram's images are so stunning and stark - I feel quite overawed (not for the first time) by having to meet a brief set by someone who sets himself such high standards. It's not going to be easy.

This was at the local horticultural show in the summer, The outing
As such events are a bit thin on the ground round here this time of year, I think I'll take up some of Julia's suggestions.

Your set is inspiring too David - you've managed to scrape away at the obvious to reveal another dimension.

Good luck everyone.
david_gillett Posted 7 years ago. Edited by david_gillett (admin) 7 years ago
Thanks . That's such a great look you've captured!

Inspired by 's Dereham Organ & Keyboard Society I tracked down a local War-gaming club in the end.
#24 War-gaming club by david_gillett
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