52 by 52 8:21am, 23 February 2012
Challenge #26: Go into your archive and find an orphaned photo as an inspiration for a new photo – have it feed your consciousness, to inspire a newer – and better – version.
— Donald Weber

Donald adds "Look for something a little odd, something you feel isn't quite right - what is it about that discarded picture that is interesting? Could be interesting? What does it say that will inform you for the next picture?"

Weber is a Canadian photojournalist who latest series "Interrogations" recently picked up first prize in the Portraits-Series category at World Press Photo. The series is part of a wider project on Russia and the Ukraine and the effect of power in society.

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. We're looking forward to hearing your thoughts this week.



“The people most affected by the explosion of Reactor Number Four on the morning of April 26,1986, soon learned that the event known as Chernobyl was predicted by a feature film made seven years earlier. Stalker, by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, explored the limits of our technical explanatory power against the backdrop of a mysterious force that can only be approached on foot, by forest “stalkers” who have learned to accept its risky gifts.

The portentous coincidence that links these two isolated small towns – one, the infamous home of a nuclear disaster, the other, a fictional source for metaphysical speculation – is the subject of this photographic project, ” Stalker.” Today, real stalkers live inside the official 30-kilometre Exclusion Zone in Chernobyl and secretly strip the dead city of its valuables, while avoiding the security forces – and the ghosts of the ruptured past. This story documents their twilight existence as scavengers of our newest Lost Civilization."


Looking back through one's own work seems like a fitting challenge as week #26 marks the halfway point for the 52 by 52 project.

— 52 by 52 team
Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
A "reflective" challenge...great for the halfway point.
It might be helpful if people post their original image for comparison and either add it as a "b" side, or copy a small size version in the comments box below the photograph.

Scala66 has already posted a fantastic response.....
Mark W Russell 6 years ago
I am so falling behind with these challenges.
@markglomas PRO 6 years ago
Mark, I have a few in the "to-do" box as well. Do what you can when you can - some weekends you may capture two or three challenges in one outing.
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO 6 years ago
C'mon guys, time is tight but surely the point of this group is the challenge to get of your butt and get out there to meet the weekly deadline.
Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
Luckily, if you do get a bit behind, the 2 per week submissions can catch you up pretty quickly. This week we still have new people joining 52 by 52 who could actually complete all the challenges!

Go for it!
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