52 by 52 8:59am, 2 August 2012
Challenge #49: Movement in still images is a paradox. Combine movement and stillness in a single photograph
— Bertil Nilsson



"I was first exposed to contemporary circus in 2003 and I have been fascinated with this new art form since. Contemporary circus builds on the old traditions of the circus while fusing it with theatre and dance practice. In photography I find that circus as a subject matter has mostly been explored in a nostalgic fashion or portrayed as a novelty.

Through meeting circus artists I gained an insight into the sort of commitment required to train for circus. I started working on Undisclosed as a long-term project to create a document of contemporary circus practice. I collaborated with a mixture of performers but I removed all the attributes of performance – the stage, the lighting, the costume and the makeup - to focus on their physicality and the process of creating circus.

Over the course of the project, my understanding of circus, and how it could be explored visually, grew. Through collaboration with the artists I found ways to choreograph circus for the camera, experimenting with movement, exposure times and my own location within the space.

In Undisclosed, and in my work generally, I endeavour to capture the extraordinary potential of the human body to exhibit flexibility, strength and agility, a fraction of which most of us realise."

View more of Bertil Nilsson'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
~ Meredith ~ Posted 6 years ago. Edited by ~ Meredith ~ (member) 6 years ago
I love these images. The human body is an amazing thing and having stripped away any distractions Bertil has really encapsulated the idea of flexibility, strength and agility. Beautiful stuff.

Not sure how I will approach this yet but looking through my archive maybe these are a start?

Feet IV by ~ Meredith ~

Slow Motion ~ Forever Suspended by ~ Meredith ~
bart1eby 6 years ago
Beautiful work. I'm not sure I'm quite ready to leave last week's challenge behind yet but we'll see... some old stuff...

fay trezise, 'dances with horses', devon

laure (falling)

ella at dartington (slope)


fay trezise, holy trinity church, buckfastleigh
Mark W Russell Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Mark W Russell (moderator) 6 years ago
mmmmmmmmmmmmm...........pondering this one.

In the mean time some archive stuff...................


dacaccia 6 years ago
Leripix 6 years ago

only joking!!
scala66/Paul Marsh PRO 6 years ago
cosford boy
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
A lovely Challenge and great, inspiring photography from both Bertil Nilsson and the awfully good Bart1eby!
Do fancy setting something up for this one, but what and where?
Also mulling over the idea of water...or street...or sport...oh no!

Here's one from the archive
Leviathon 1
Palofperu PRO 6 years ago
All these shots are terrificly accomplished and I'm wondering how the hell am I going to do justice to the challenge...gulp.
dear_jem 6 years ago
Taken in Berlin
Incoming by dear_jem

and Blackpool
Carousel by dear_jem
anton hazewinkel PRO 6 years ago
In response to Julia's

I took this one a week before the challenge started:

Bulgaria, Sofia
Julia M Cameron PRO 6 years ago
Anton....isn't it always the same, the week before you get the shot! Love all the cars surrounding the swing! Lovely frozen moment.
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