On the 7th April, 2018, I joined over 4000 participants from 850 cities in 104 countries around the globe, all documenting their cities and stories over the 24 hour period in this street photography project. It was a new experience for me, and another angle was that I was the NZ Ambassador to the project too. I managed to get the story picked up in a couple of local newspapers, but when I pitched it to a couple of radio shows, they didn't seem all that interested, which is a pity, especially when I compare it to the pick-up it got in other cities around the world. Nevertheless, there was a good size group of people participating in the project for New Zealand, mainly based in Auckland, but also in Christchurch and Wellington, and there may be others I don't know about. Here's six of the pictures I took, and a little bit about each one.
This photo was taken in Cuba Street at in the early morning outside the Bristol Hotel, using my Fuji X-T1 and 35/1.4 lens. The duo playing were having a bit of trouble getting attention from the crowd, as they'd only just started and people were pretty loaded. So they were trying to have a bit of fun, and this guy was clearly amused as he walked past. A bit of fun as the evening turned into night.
Of course, as the night went on, the work didn't stop. Part of the project was designed to document humanity as they went about their daily life in their city. In this photo, I noticed the worker starting his shift clearing up after other people's fun. He did his work purposefully and at speed - one of an army that carries its work out mostly unseen to make sure that our city functions as well as it does - and it mostly does here in Wellington, I'm pleased to say.
One of the lovely things about Wellington are the little things that people do to make our city a softer, more interesting place. In this case, clearly someone had woven little patterns of cotton to decorate this city bench to make it more inviting and colourful to sit on. It's still early morning, but at this point, I headed home as I had a full day of work to prepare for, even though that's unusual for me these days it being a Saturday.
The next morning, I changed camera to my Fujifilm X100 (the original version) and took a trip to the market on my way to my meeting. I captured this image of a woman doing her shopping - she was actually comparing produce and something had clearly caught her eye as I pressed the shutter here - just another thing we have to do in order to live our lives, and a task that mostly women do in our families - not always, but mostly. And as this project's theme this year was to document the lives of women in our cities, I thought it worth focusing on and including.
This image captures a young woman running though a War Memorial here in Wellington. For me, the symmetry caught my eye, as well as the symbolism of a woman taking care of herself in a space that was dedicated to sacrifice and honour, as well as the tragedy and horror of war.
Finally, these two young women were representing TheRockFM radio station at the Homegrown music festival happening in the city that evening as I made my way home from the meeting I'd been at all day. The atmosphere was races, loud, but good-natured - but it was still early on. I didn't stick around to see what happened next.
In case you're interested, here's some of the blurb about the project and a link to their website:
"We connect emerging photographers, aspiring photojournalist and visual storytellers from every city of the world to document humanity and make a difference by raising awareness about global issues and empowering NGOs.Participants share one photo per hour during twenty-four hours. On one single day we get to see the world from a different point of view, humanity documented by local photographers. Through the 24HourProject’s mission, values and global exhibitions, the project reaches millions of individuals annually showcasing the human connection of images and real live stories."