This is Your Photo
Share your images of daily life
28 August 2013 - 9 October 2018
Cameras in a public space
Ramillies Street CCTV
Bev Sykes, Godmother's Journal, CC by 2.0.jpg
The Razor from Borough High Street, Duncan Harris, CC by 2.0
Martin Parr, Chew Stoke, Funeral, 1992, © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Mantelpiece image TPGMO1
Cornelia Parker, Smokers, 2013
Cornelia Parker, Boy Smokers, 2013
Cornelia Parker, Chef Smoker, 2013
This is Your Photo is an online project running alongside the Mass Observation exhibition that reflects on the social legacy of the Mass Observation Archive in a digital era.
Through a series of nine weekly directives we'd like you to respond by uploading photographs to Flickr and GuardianWitness to reveal elements of everyday life. All images that respond to the directives will be shown on The Wall at The Photographers’ Gallery from 28 August - 9 October. See How to Take Part or read the Terms and Conditions below for more information on submitting.
THE HIGH STREET
from Friday 27 September
For the final This Is Your Photo Directive we're asking you to undertake Mass Observation's current directive. We'd like you to photograph and share an image of your local high street.
"Recently, a number of high profile shops have gone into administration and closed, leaving empty premises on the high street. We would like you to reflect on the impact on your local high street and record any memories or current observations about shopping and shops."
Please add a little background detail or a story relating to your image, as well as adding the tag #TPGMO9 when uploading to our This is Your Photo Flickr group.
YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION
from Friday 20 September
This week's directive is about how we consider the value of the material things in life. We would like you to share an image of a single precious object. This could be an item with great sentimental or monetary value, a gift or something you may have found or purchased - which object in your possession do you consider the most valuable and why?
Please add a little background detail or a story relating to your image, as well as adding the tag #TPGMO8 when uploading to our This is Your Photo Flickr group.
CAMERAS IN PUBLIC SPACES
From Friday 13 September
From Google Street View cars to CCTV, photobloggers to the paparazzi, contemporary society is awash with cameras. According to this article, the British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) estimates there are up to 5.9 million CCTV cameras in the country, including 750,000 in schools, hospitals and care homes. And whilst surveillance cameras are allowed to proliferate, it is increasingly common to be stopped and searched for carrying a camera in a public space.
This week’s directive asks you to capture the use of cameras as you go about your daily life. As always, we'd encourage you to add background details or a story relating to your image, as well as adding the tag #TPGMO7 when uploading to our This is Your Photo Flickr group.
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR EXPERIENCE OF WORK
From Friday 6 September
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR DAILY GROOMING HABITS AND RITUALS
From Friday 30 August
Some people brush their hair one hundred times, while others with distinguished facial follicles depend on a meticulous five-point plan for maintaining beard luxuriance.
Whether it's perfecting your nails, buffing your brogues, ironing out the crinkles on the perfect pair of slacks or just simply brushing your teeth, Directive 5 (#TPGMO5) asks you to share an image of your daily grooming habits and rituals.
Please add an experience or story relating to your image, keep them clean and manicured, and make sure you add the tag #TPGMO5 when uploading your image to GuardianWitness or our This is Your Photo Flickr group.
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR BREAKFAST
From Friday 23 August
Your vote for our fourth Directive is Breakfast.
The most important meal of the day we're told. What culinary masterpiece kickstarts your day? A slice of toast as you run out the door, a strange combination of cereals, a bowl of fruit or a full English and a cuppa? We look forward to your responses.
As always, you're welcome to add an experience or story relating to your photograph and make sure you add the tag #TPGMO4 when uploading your image to GuardianWitness or our This is Your Photo Flickr group.
PHOTOGRAPH A GROUP OF SMOKERS
From Friday 16 August
Set by Cornelia Parker
"My directive is to record all those smokers that hover outside their place of work, whether on their own or in small congregations. These groups are a cross section of society, from management downwards, thrown together by their common addiction. You would not have seen these groups a few years ago before the smoking ban, and perhaps they might not exist in a few years-time as smoking becomes more and more stigmatised."
Add an experience or story relating to your photograph and make sure you add the tag #TPGMO3 when uploading your image to GuardianWitness or our This is Your Photo Flickr group.
PHOTOGRAPH A FUNERAL
9 August 2013
Set by Martin Parr
“One of the most memorable images in the current Mass Observation show is the photo of the funeral, with a man holding a coat looking at the proceedings taken by Humphrey Spender.
"I'm now going to invite you to take a photo at or of a funeral; a tough ask, but who wants an easy assignment?
"We live in a society where there are unwritten rules about photography and one of them is that it's perfectly okay, even encouraged, to shoot photos at a wedding, but not at a funeral. Our job, if we have any value as documentary photographers, is to question these rules.
"I submit a photo taken in 1992, of a funeral on my project A year in the life of an English Village commissioned by the Telegraph magazine, but originally inspired by John Hinde’s Exmoor Village project, which of course was part of his work for Mass Observation.”
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR MANTELPIECE
1 August 2013
Inspired by an original Mass Observation directive we'd like you to record and share photographs of your mantelpiece on Flickr and GuardianWitness.
If you don’t have a mantelpiece, a window sill, bookshelves or even your bedside table will do; anything that displays your treasured items, keepsakes or mementos. Your contribution will help create a record of British life in 2013.
We'd like future directives to come from you, the contributors. You can make your suggestions in our Flickr discussion forum and via GuardianWitness.
How to take part
· Create or use your profile at flickr.com
· Join the This is Your Photo Flickr group
· Create or use your profile at Guardian Witness
· Upload your photo tagged with TPGMO (+ the number of the directive, ie TPGMO1)
· Add your story, experience, comment or suggest a future directive
This is Your Photo is a project in collaboration with The Guardian and GuardianWitness. By posting your photos and comments here you are also agreeing to the GuardianWitness Terms and Conditions who may post your images on their website (www.theguardian.com).
The Photographers' Gallery Terms and Conditions:
Only photographs that are clearly related to the Directive will be posted.
This site may be visited by children and family groups, and will also feature on The Photographers' Gallery media wall in London, so only suitable content should be posted. Anyone posting takes full responsibility for the content of the photos and writing.
Discussions and suggestions are welcome, but please keep them relevant to the theme.
Anyone posting a photo or story here agrees to have their work featured on The Wall at The Photographers' Gallery's and on The Photographers’ Gallery website (www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk) as well as for press and marketing purposes, in the context of the This is Your Photo Flickr project.
Work submitted will be featured in exhibition form on The Wall (The Photographers' Gallery's media wall at 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW) from 28 August – 9 October 2013 and documentation of the exhibition, featuring images submitted, will become part of the Gallery's archive.
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