It's Week #32: Edited by Someone Else

“I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.”
~ Steve Lacy

As artists, sometimes we have a hard time letting go. We ascribe meaning to our work, holding on to the process rather than the result. It can be difficult to distance ourselves from our creations, but the truth is that art belongs to the viewer more than the creator. The Interpretation of art supersedes its Intention.

For this week’s challenge, we are going to help your “letting go” process – by having you send your photos to someone else to edit them. This means you are giving up some control over your art, and we think that’s very healthy! Even if you don’t love the results, hopefully we’ll get to see how different people interpret the raw material you gather, and how subjective beauty can be. Regardless, we’ll all see how Art is in the eye of the Beholder.

Logistical Notes for Week 32: Edited by Someone Else

This week is a bit of an experiment. Hopefully it will go smoothly! Please be patient as we sort out all the logistics.

You may ask anyone to edit your photos,; they do not have to be a member of 52Frames.

But if you would like a list of 52Frames editors to choose from, we have prepared this signup sheet: CLICK HERE.

  • Simply choose the editor of your choice (make sure to make note of their deadline for receiving your photo, and other special instructions!), and add your name and email to the first available slot.
  • Remember to read their notes and send them your photo by their designated deadline!
  • If no slots remain for the editor you prefer, please choose another editor.
  • If you would like to sign up as an editor, you may add your information to the bottom of the sheet. Simply follow the format of the ones above.
  • To make changes, please contact or one of our Committee members (see the bottom of this email for their names)
  • Editors should be processing and enhancing photos; they should not be expected to do major Photoshop work, unless you both discuss it first!
  • Again, here’s the link to the sheet.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • If you have been thinking about learning to shoot in RAW, this is a great time to start! A RAW file will give your editor much more flexibility to edit the details of your photo without sacrificing quality. (Note, if you work with an editor from our Signup Sheet, please confirm they can edit RAW files before sending them one!)
  • The photo can be of anything, but if you’d like some extra direction, see the Extra Credit section below.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Collaboration album (Week 38, 2014) for some inspiring examples of working together to get the shot!

Extra Credit: Portrait

Giving up control of your photo will yield a sense of vulnerability. To add even a greater sense of vulnerability, for Extra Credit we encourage you to shoot a portrait. Naturally, we all feel even more protective of the photos we take of one another; we want to put our best face forward. So for Extra Credit, take a portrait (or self-portrait) and pass that to the editor to retouch as she or he sees fit!

Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

The deadline for Week 32: Edited by Someone Else has passed.

Submissions will be open for Week 33: Night Photography

beginning Monday, Aug 10

Deadline: Aug 9, 2015 – 12:00 Noon (Eastern US)

Have a challenge idea for 2016?