52 by 52 7:20am, 12 July 2012
Challenge #46: Shoot your subjects from behind
— Irina Werning

Irina adds “You'd be amazed to see how much you can tell about them without showing their faces”


Little Schools in the Andes

"These public schools in the Andes Mountains of Argentina are true frontier outposts: the few scattered windows looking out to the civilized world that are available in the far off northwest corner of the country, home of the indigenous Kollas.

The boys and girls that attend them are isolated in their communities and cut off from the urban civilization of an otherwise fast-pace developing country. A few very powerful routines dominate the daily existence of these students: football for boys and long hair for girls function as status symbols replacing those consuming goods and articles that dominate teenage life in the cities of the globalized world."


Back to the future

"I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future..."

View more of Irina's work >

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.

— 52 by 52 team
Mark W Russell Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (moderator) 6 years ago
Some related archive shots:-
Look down the street.

All loaded up

Cone II


St Patrick's Day Celebrations, Nottingham 2012


Hats & Bags

The fountain of light

A productive in progress:-

david_gillett 6 years ago
I've a feeling this challenge could be deceptively hard because the density of information we extract from a portrait is weighted so heavily towards the face.

Perhaps the background and body language would need to play more of an active roll in the image?

Andy #7 by david_gillett

#38 Olympic torch fourth day by david_gillett

Folk House Course: #3 - Fresh Look by david_gillett

Folk House Course: #2 - Narrative by david_gillett

If I had access to a studio I think I'd take a very evenly lit, traditional, tightly framed, grey background portrait to heighten the frustration of not seeing the model's face.

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Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
I like the sound of this Challenge...lots of possibilities for subversion!

Leripix 6 years ago
I really like the "Little Schools" series - it looks as though Julia's girl might have gone there too.
I Also like the idea of the viewer seeing the scene through the subject's eyes in back shots/


Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
This was great fun to shoot! Used remote shooting and Simon acted as studio assistant to check focus on the "selfies".

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