24 hours photographing is hard. It’s hard to be up for 42 hours without wanting sleep, it’s hard to keep concentrating, finding images, thinking of new ideas, deciding on the next location. It’s hard to stay motivated near the end. But boy is it fun.
I think I enjoyed this time more than London or Paris. Maybe because I just love New York. Maybe because I had more ideas planned in advance, with help from Anna who joined me at the start and ended up staying until the end. Maybe it’s the difference of being part of a larger event, having a social element rather than it being a solo project. A certain feeling of collaboration.
I don’t know how many took part globally but plenty were posting images online every hour. I thought I’d post regular IG stories but ended up getting so caught up in the events, the streets and the conversations that I didn’t want to take the time to select, edit and post. I did post every hour back when I did the Paris walk, and might do that again in the future. I think to do that effectively though I would have to decide as I shoot whether it’s an image to be shared, rather than hunting back through every hour.
Anyway, here’s the rough route/schedule we followed. It was only very vaguely planned in advance but we had a long list of options. Some we only found out about on the day, chatting to people we met.
01:30 Penn Station
03:30 Bar - The Monster (West Village)
05:00 Katz’s deli (Lower East Side)
08:30 Union Square Farmers Market (8am-6pm)
10:30 Pondicheri restaurant
12:30 Times Square - Turban Day
13:20 NY public library
14:20 Tartan Parade
15:10 Pillow Fight - Washington Square Park
16:30 Washington Square Diner
18:00 Brooklyn Bridge
19:00 sunset - Battery Park
20:15 Alphabet city, St marks place (Ave A to 1st)
22:15 GMT pub
00:10 Times Square
Highlights? Personally, the Sikh Turban day celebration in Times Square was a great atmosphere. I must find out if we broke the world record (for turbans fitted in one place). Being invited to march in the Tartan Parade (thanks Conor!) was a great surprise. I'll try to be back next year with some family tartan. So yes, we did have turbans fitted, and we did wear them in the library, through the parade and at the pillow fight. Asking kilted Scotsmen in Manhattan if they'd seen an asian woman in a pink turban had a beautifully surreal feel to it.
I haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to share the images. I’m posting some onto Instagram but I’ll put together a larger selection on my site too, possibly 24 images if that works. Here are a few favorites that I’ve worked on so far though:
As an event, a challenge and an adventure, 24 hours out in a city is a great experience. Do it alone or with friends. Or there’s always the 24 Hour Project next year.