24 hour project

24 hour project

TAKE ONE PHOTO an hour for 24 hours.

It sounded like a great idea when we signed up a few months ago; at 6.00am,

six hours into it and after being awake for 24 hours already, I was not so sure!

On Saturday 25 May, Nicola Pye, David Steer and I participated in the 24 Hour Project, an event in which photographers from around the world document life in their city to make a difference.

 In 2019, the focus was on supporting Women’s Human Rights. Each photo was shared on Instagram with details

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Atena in Iran, GES Mujer in Mexico, Sacred Valley Health in Peru, and She Has Hope in Uganda.

This year there were 4850 registered participants from 826 cities in 100 different countries.

In New Zealand, 16 photographers took part in Auckland, Hamilton and Dunedin.

Besides being all for a good cause, this was a great photographic challenge to take part in.

 Before I started, I thought the most difficult part would be staying awake for the 24 hours.

This was indeed difficult, especially as it started at 0.00hrs and so I’d been awake since 6.00am already.

 A 40min nap before we headed out gave me a bit of a boost at the start, and I must confess to having another 40min nap in the early hours of the morning.

Putting the tiredness aside (chocolate and caffeine can help with that anyway) the challenge of taking a photo each hour that I was happy to share was quite difficult.

It may or may not come as a surprise, but Dunedin is awfully quiet at four in the morning! Nicola was very well organised, having participated twice before, and had prepared a list of events that were going on around town over the 24 hours.

This was a great help, especially when we were tired and making decisions became difficult.

We found that we went to a location or event and spent about half an hour to 45 minutes looking for “the” photo of the hour,

and then spent the last 10 minutes each hour rushing to transfer the photo off our cameras,

onto our phones for a quick edit before posting to Instagram within the hour.

It was a great event to be part of and in the end the 24 hours went by quite quickly.

I would highly recommend it if you are interested in street photography and keen to challenge yourself.

This was the 8th year and it appears it is just getting bigger, with more people participating each year.

Follow the 24 Hour Project on Facebook or Instagram to find out when the 2020 event will be held.

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