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4am Project April 2011 BIG round up!

It was the 4am Project’s 2nd birthday on the 24th April, the date of the last global event, and 100′s of photographers across the globe took part in the birthday celebrations by leaving their beds and heading out into their neighbourhoods to capture their view of the world.

Some photographers had their cameras for company, some got together with friends, and whether solo or in a group, they all contributed to a global photography collaboration. This event alone resulted in over 1000 photographs being submitted, and since the project began two years ago, there are over 6000 quality images from over 40 countries! Amazing!

So, without further ado, sit back and enjoy April 2011 the view of the world before dawn….

I’ll have to kick off with the event I organised in my home city of Birmingham UK. I got together with Project Brutal and the iconic Central Library (which may be demolished) open it’s doors to over 40 photographers! I’ve blogged about it in more detail over on my Karen Strunks blog, but here are just a few of the highlights.

4am Project Project Brutal Birmingham Library 24th April 2011

Steve Cooper captured some 4am roof top footage too!

Not only did Mr Underwood take photos, he recorded the Sounds Of A Dying Library at 4am. Well worth checking out. Who knew a building could make such sounds in the middle of the night!

Enjoy some more 4am photographs taken from other parts of the world!

It’s always great to read and hear the stories behind the photos, and why people set their alarms to get up and take part in the project.

I love this video from Andrew Stuart who says of himself….. “The one where Andrew talks nonsense and makes little sense at a time when you are (or should) be asleep”. Great beach setting.

Andrew has also made an audio boo too!

And Andew sums the appeal of the project perfectly in his blog post. “It’s something else the 4am project gives. I very much doubt anyone would say “yes, i’ll drive 100 miles across the country to take photos alongside a person i’ve never met, in the middle of the night, for no genuine reason”. However, the reason of it being in tandem with a lot of other photographers, insomniac or not, busy or quiet, and of different levels of interest, ability and style, even though you are not quite present, means the project thrives.”

DJ Leekee didn’t let a broken tripod stop him from getting some great shots!

Gollyslater wrote about the 4am Project in a blog post titled ‘How social media takes a great idea global’.

The Fab MJ blogged about how everything fell into placefor him on the night after telling himself “up you get and do what you’ve been banging on about for the last few years”!

Matt Appleby talks about what he has learnt from the 4am Project. “I’ve met some interesting new people, added a few more flickr contacts and got a great insight into how social media can take a simple (very good) idea global. It was also lots of fun”

There is no doubt that perceptions of familiar day time views change at 4am. Whilst everyone else is asleep there are photographers across the world embracing not just a collaborative project, but the secrets of the scenes that 4am holds.

What’s happening next?!

Well, you’l be pleased to hear that the 4am Project is set to continue! As of now, I am planning the hold the next global 4am event in the Autumn, September/October time, so watch this space or keep on eye out on twitter for announcements too.

I’ve also got a LOT of other plans for the project that I would love to realise. For the last two years, not only have I been working behind the scenes running the project, but also coming up with ideas to help it grow and reach it’s full potential. There is an AMAZING archive of images online and it would be great to see them off line too in a touring exhibition for example. That’s just one (big!) idea, and there’s plenty more. I realise I’m going to need help if I want to develop the project and take it forward, so I’ll be reaching out to companies that are a good match for the project and are in-line with it’s ethos, and have the ability to support the project in it’s development to see if they wish to sponsor the project.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the project! And for all your enthusiasm and great feedback too. Here’s to the next 4am Project event!

Karen :)

NEW Global event! Set your alarm clock for 4am on 24th April!

And we are back!

The new 4am date for your diay is 24th April, and the 4am Project will be celebrating it’s 2nd Birthday!

What a fabulous 2 years it has been! With hundreds of photographers from around 40 countries taking part so far, there are nearly 5000 images of the world a 4am – truely a global picture!

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far!

The 4am Project aims to capture a view of the world at that often unseen time of day. It’s not just a photography project, but a global collaboration built by a world wide community.

Please help spread the word about the project on your websites and blog and tell your friends. You can even embed this snazzy countdown clock too!

Whether you are planning on getting together with friends for some urban exploration, or you want to relish the solitude and quiet that 4am can bring you, enjoy your 4am photo experience.

If I can help put you in touch with other 4am photographers in your area, please let me know, and I’ll put a request out to the 4am network.

Don’t forget to follow the 4am Project on twitter!

You can find the global press release here, and I am organising a special 4am photo walk in my home town of Birmingham and there is a separate press release for that here.

Have fun flexing your photography muscles! :)

Photograph by coryographix


Photograph by plasticflowercymru

4am Project Photographers In Times Square, NYC 17th October 2010

Photography by Karen Strunks

The 4am Project hits Times Square, New York City!

Yes! You heard it right! The 4am Project is about to hit Manhattan. This is probably the project’s (and my!) biggest goal to date.

I am so delighted to be able to bring the 4am Project to the heart of New York City. 

Times Square will be pumping with energy and will promise some stunning images to early morning photographers who want to capture the exhilarating activity in a 24 hour city.

If you are a New Yorker with an interest in the unusual (and perhaps mild insomnia) come and take part in this  innovative global photography project to record and document the world before dawn.

I’m going to be hosting a special event in the beating heart of Manhattan that is Times Square at 4am on October 17th, and I’m inviting bleary eyed photographers on an exhilarating early morning photography walk to capture images of the city that never sleeps.

I hope you can join me and other New York photographers in this extraordinary photo walk at the ‘crossroads of the world’.

The 4am Project is an exercise in global solidarity to encourage the sharing of visual imagery that reflects the world we live in. This is the Project’s second year,  and word has spread like wildfire, with people picking up their cameras in over 40 countries across the globe including UK, Brazil, Italy, China, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Laos and the USA.

It’s a worldwide collaborative experience, aiming to capture a time of day that many people rarely see.  At the heart of the 4am project is the aim to bring both photographers and non-photographers together, to create a global community which demonstrates how amazing our surrounding landscapes can be.


Time: 3.45 AM on Sunday 17th October

Meeting Place: Outside the New York Police Station on Times Square

Event ends at 5am, though I suggest it would be a nice opportunity to grab a coffee and meet the 4am Photographers!

Don’t forget your camera!

Tell your friends too!

Looking for the Press Release? You can find it here.

Follow the 4am Project on Twitter. My number whilst in NYC is (001) 646 233 3478

Karen :)

Bangalore is busy at 4am!

Hrish ‘dhempe’ Thota organised a fantastic 4am Project photo walk in Bangalore, India. 13 photographers left their beds and headed out into the market place for an early morning photo shoot.

Crazy photographers Photograph by Hrish Thota

As you can see from Hrish’s slide show, 4am in the market place is very busy indeed! For these market workers, 4am isn’t an unusual time. They regularly set their alarm clocks and are working hard whilst most of us sleep.

Who will you meet at 4am? Will you have your neighbourhood to yourself? Will you get together with other photographers? Let me know your plans!

Karen :)

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4am Photo walks. Get together with friends!

Photographer Lee Allen from Wolverhampton got together with friends and organised his own 4am Project photo walk for the last 4am date in April. Check out his amazing video!


Watch embedded video here.

As you can see, they had the city streets to themselves. How often do we get to experience that?!

Meet the 4am Project Crew: David, David, Adrienne, Lee, Steph & Dale. Thanks for taking part guys and girls!

4am Project // 04.04.10 // Wolverhampton

And here is Lee’s photographs from the night……Great shots!

Why not get together with friends as well on 17th October? Make it a social occasion!

Karen :)

Don’t forget to set your alarm for 4am!

my memos to get up!

 Photograph by Natalie Eccleshall

Make a note! Put the date in your diary! Set your alarm clocks!

The next global 4am Project date is just around the corner. Join other photographers from around the world on 17th October and take part in buiding a global picture 4am.

If you are new to the project you may be wondering WHO gets up at 4am to take photographs!

There are as many reasons that people take part as there are participants….

From those that like a challenge, to those that want to relish some solitude. From those that love being part of a world wide community collaboration  to those that wish to improve on their photography skills. The 4am Project inspires people to take a look at familiar surrounding at a different time of day and to capture what they see.

Check out what tweeters have been saying about the project!

Keep up to date with inspiring 4am photos from around the world, and all the 4am Project news by subscribing to the RSS feed, following on twitter and facebook and you can join the 4am Project flickr group too!  

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