I joined twitter earlier this year in order to be more tuned in to social justice issues in general, but specifically to follow activists on the front lines of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Twitter quickly became an unexpected place for me to showcase photography projects and connect with other artists & activists. A friend of mine, who I've organized with locally, brought the 24 Hour Project to my attention. As I recall, I was coming down with a cold at the time, but the opportunity seemed too good to pass up.
The call to action:
"International call to all photographers and photography hobbyists involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and its partner organizations. This year Black Lives Matter is teaming up with the 24 Hour Project to create a #BlackLivesMatter track of the 24 Hour Project.
The 24 Hour Project is a street photography project that seeks to document every-day life in multiple cities during one single day. Participants all over the world will share their city’s stories through one photo every hour for 24 hours on March 21st, 2015. This year’s theme is ‘The Human Condition’, and we want to narrow the focus to uplifting black life in this critical moment in history."
I knew I wouldn't be able to do the full 24 hours, but I did get going around 8am that day. I met many amazing people. Some exchanges were as simple as "Can I take your photo for a project?" and some involved longer stories. For those of you who pay attention to details, yes, I fudged the times a bit. It was not fully light out at 9pm in March. In order to launch the photos from my laptop, I had to take a series of them and then upload them by the hour. If I participate in a project like this in the future I'll try and think of ways to be more authentic with my time stamps. :)
The project itself was incredibly fulfilling and pushed me out of my comfort zone as an artist. Street photography requires the photographer to be on her game from the beginning. With most portrait sessions there is a bit more time to interact, get to know a person, and have a few throw-away shots. With street photography, you have to get the shot you want in 1 or 2 takes. I appreciated how this project allowed me to stretch and grow in this way as an artist.
In the order they first appeared:
"Make Me Laugh" 10:34am
"Bus Ride" 3:08pm
"My Name's Michael Brown" 4:25pm
"Basic Reading List" 11:10pm
"Another Day" 11:50pm
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