24 hours of street photography

Anyone else signed up for the 24 hour project (www.24hourproject.org)?

This year will be the first time I’ve joined in but I’ve been meaning to do a 24 hour walk in Manhattan for sometime so it makes sense to join in the global project.

The first time I photographed for 24 hours was in London, I think before the 24 hour project had been founded and certainly long before I’d heard of it. I was going to spend time in London to photograph and was about to book a hotel, but thought why spend the money for a few hours sleep when I could just keep photographing through the night instead. I even took a tripod to get some long exposure shots, and slept for an hour or two by the Thames in the early hours.

I did the same in Paris a little later, except this time it was only street photography, posting an image to Instagram every hour and using my phone a lot more. I bumped into other photographers doing some city shots on the Champs-Élysées just after midnight, then a camera crew from Citroen shooting a new car advert. Mostly it was a relief not to carry a tripod, and I found that posting every hour helped my motivation through the early hours.

In both London and Paris I started at 10am, figuring I could start well then it would just be the early morning hours that would be hard. I also walked a lot, about 25 miles in Paris, which obviously added to the fatigue. This time it will be a midnight start so it will be interesting to see how different that feels, tackling the early morning hours first.

A few tips from my experiences:
Plan a rough route, roughly where you want to be when
Take a good power pack for your phone
Travel light
Take snacks
Take breaks
Explore but stay safe

It should be fun making it more of a social event this time too. I'm looking forward to it.

 24 hours in London

24 hours in London

 24 hours in London

24 hours in London

 24 hours in London

24 hours in London

 24 hours in Paris

24 hours in Paris

 24 hours in Paris

24 hours in Paris

 24 hours in Paris

24 hours in Paris