Mark W Russell 9:44pm, 29 August 2012
......and finally as we head over the finishing line......
What has been your favourite challenge and why?
Julia M Cameron PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Julia M Cameron (admin) 6 years ago
My favourite...

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

On entering 52 by 52 I had just completed a whole year concentrated on street photography where it is not possible to re-shoot as once the moment has passed, that's it, never to be repeated.

This challenge got me to re-think some of my early attempts at studio and macro photography and to re-design and develop the images and to be more experimental. Instead of simply responding to what is set out in front of me (street approach), I have leaned to conceptualise and think out the shot I want and then create the image....a different process and a new practice.

And the one that was most fun to shoot was a development of this practice...!

52x52 Challenge #46
Shoot your subjects from behind.
— Irina Werning

#46 Reversal 1
Emma Georgiou PRO 6 years ago
This was tricky as I have a couple of favourites, I think however #43 Make an image of unsustainability. — Edward Burtynsky was my most memorable.

#43 Petrol Station by Emma Georgiou

I have long been thinking about taking such a shot, but I had always put obstacles in the way (not got enought time, things to do at home etc) but when this challenge came up I thought it was now or never. It worked quite well and for the first time my photo seemed to embody the message that I was trying to convey.
K8ieSmith 6 years ago
Choosing a favourite challenge is a challenge in itself as the majority have opened up opportunities for eccentric behaviour, random encounters and full on adventures. Image making high points have included playing with light sabers after dark, stalking buskers, caravans and giant kangaroos, being pelted with custard, meeting Father Christmas and discovering a suppressed passion for railway architecture.

I am torn between two challenges as my absolute, unmitigated favourite and will therefore have to declare a tie for first place. The first is #40, set by Chloe Dewe Mathews, ‘The painter Bonnard said “Make little lies to tell a great truth”. Use that as your inspiration.’

My response was to use a Polaroid camera, which I had found in a charity shop, to add instant nostalgia to an image created in the present. Using real film reminded me of the fundamental principles involved in making an image and the value of creating something tangible. It was such a thrill to see the image develop and even more of a thrill to discover a whole community of Polaroid photographers through Meredith.

Challenge #48, set by Simon Roberts, ‘Take a photograph of an event. Focus on putting it in the context of the landscape and those watching,’ is joint favourite for similar reasons. I was really lucky to have the opportunity to visit Simon’s exhibition We English and was enthralled both by the scale of his work and the minute details held within. His use of a large format camera to create images reinforced the idea of reconnecting with the fundaments of image making. I made a conscious effort to slow down and although I shot my response in digital I tried to take an analogue approach and was really pleased with the results.

#40 by K8ieSmith

#48 by K8ieSmith
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