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4ip and Screen West Midlands invest in the 4am Project!


By Karen Strunks, Birmingham UK

It’s been an exciting week, and I am delighted to be able to announce that 4ip and Screen West Midlands are supporting the 4am Project!

4ip is part of Channel 4 which helps to support and invest in digital media enterprises, and Screen West Midlands offers support, advice and funding for film, television and digital media.

4ip and Screen West Midlands investment and business support is a great boost for the 4am Project which will soon entering it’s second year! (My, how time flies!)

4iphave made an annoucement on their blog:

To the question that we always address when we announce a new investment, why 4iP? For me the 4am Project is a collaborative project that takes art to the mainstream; everyone has a camera, whether you’re passionate about your darkroom, or snapping something on a mobile phone, we are now able to capture every minutiae of our busy lives and share them with the wider world. The element of the 4am Project that really works for me is its focus. What do people see at a particular time on a particular day? At its core this is a project that is about collaboration, participation and discoverability. It’s also an example of an existing site that fits with our criteria beautifully. In order to continue to grow and capitalise on the success that it’s already achieved, the 4am Project needed both financial and business support. Through an initial project investment we’re able to help take Karen and her project to the next stage and a wider audience.

I wrote over on my personal blog:

Along with the support from 4ip and ScreenWM, the outcome and ideas generated at the Crossover Lab course I attended recently and my own plans, it’s going to be a very busy and creative year!

I’ve got stuck in already and my days are whizzing past with uber productivity. This productivity is taking the form of lots of; phone calls, emails, meetings, tweeting, blogging, phone calls & emails. I’m enjoying meeting new people, whether that be online or in person. Connecting with people who love the idea of the 4am Project and want to help support it and people  who have their own projects & dreams that they are working on which creates inspiration.

Last April I made a video (well, three videos actually!) about how the 4am Project started, how I spread the word, the help I received and problems encountered (and overcome!).


On the 4th Arpil 2010 the 4am Project will be celebrating it’s first birthday! Why not try something different, join other photographers from around the globe and take a photograph of your world at 4am! Get your friends involved, go on a 4am photo walk, explore your neighbourhood at an often unseen time!

If you would like to support the project by sponsorship, donating prizes for participants or you would like to contribute an idea, it would be great to hear from you. Drop me a line or get in touch on twitter.

I’ll end with a BIG thank you to 4ip and Screen West Midlands for their support!

A Little Pink

A little pink

By Mitch Lahey, Kings Beach, Caloundra, Australia

If you would like to see more of Mitch’s photos, please visit his photostream on flickr.
Mitch says:
“First time doing a sunrise shoot over a beach, so I was on holidays last week and for four days I woke up at 4am to catch the ‘before sunrise, and sunrise’. Before sunrise sometimes you get a pink horizon as in this picture and to create the mist effect with the water I needed to use a long exposure, thus using a polarize filter to get lower light.”
I went out recently on a 4am shoot.  It was a particularly foggy morning which was quite a challenge! If you would like to see the pictures and see a video, please visit my blog.
Not long to go now until 4th April! :)

4am Project On The Radio – Sunday 1st March





Tune in ONLINE tomorrow – Sunday 1st of March – Rhubarb Radio - from 1pm GMT

Just click the Listen Now button on the top right hand side of the page and listen live!

I’ll be talking about the 4am Project with hosts of Sunday Social show, Mark Steadman and Micheal Grimes.

Hope you will join me!  


Karen Strunks, The 4am Project

First featured 4am photo!

Moseley at 4am 01 by Pete Ashton, Birmingham, UK

It’s time to get this blog rolling!

I will be featuring 4am photos on the blog, but also lots of other things themed around 4am like poems, songs, videos. If you know of anything 4am related, drop me a line, or leave a comment. I would really like this site to be a collaboration, and I can’t do that without you!

So, onto our first featured photo by Pete Ashton. A very snowy 4am scene. I really like the ethereal light coming from behind the tress and to the right of the photo. The snow laden foreground is peppered with animal footprints – maybe made by foxes or cats. When you look through the boughs of the fir trees heavy with snowfall, you can see a house and can imagine it’s inhabitants fast asleep in warm beds in contrast to the cold winter scape that awaits them when they wake up.

Thank you Pete for submitting your photos of 4am. Pete wrote about his 4am photo taking experience on his blog. You can read about it here.

The 4th April at 4am is the big date we are counting down to, but you can still submit any 4am photos that you have already taken to be included in the global 4am picture. All you need is a flickr account (it’s free), and then to tag your photo with ’4amproject’. For more information on how to do this, please visit this page.

Remember you can also follow the 4amproject on twitter! @4amproject

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