Put the date in your diary! Set your alarm clock! Grab your camera!
Sunday 15th April 2012 at…….4am!
What is the 4am Project?
The 4am Project is a ground-breaking global photography project that aims to encourage worldwide social collaboration to capture a view of the world at the often unseen time of 4am.
Since it’s launch in April 2009, the project has attracted participants from nearly 50 countries, and there is a digital archive of over 6000 images and is one of the biggest world-wide photography collaborations.
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.
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.”
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!
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!
I’m excited to announce the event for the 4am Project – Set your alarm clock for 4am on 17th October!
Start telling your friends and spreading the word. Get together with other ’4am-ers’ in your town and see what you can capture whilst the rest of the world sleeps.
Since the 4am Project began 18 months ago hundreds of photographers from nearly 40 countries have experienced their world at this often unseen time of day. The global solidarity of the project shows a different view of the world we live in.
Although the blog has been quiet, I haven’t been resting my laurels. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to enable the project to continue to grow. Thanks to the support and funding from Channel 4 and Screen West Midlands I have been able to take the project forward and have lots of plans to make it sustainable.
I am taking the 4am Project to New York City for this next event and will be organising something fantastic for people to take part in, so watch this space if you are in the area!
So, get ready! Get set! Polish off your lenses and re-charge your batteries!