I didn’t think I would be doing the 4am Project this year – frankly, I thought i’d be asleep (for once). I wasn’t, so I did it.
In case you’re wondering what it is, The 4am Project is a collaborative effort between photographers all over the world to document where they live (or where they choose) at 4am on a given day, usually in April. It’s organised by Karen Strunks, and she said: “Some of the world’s most beautiful photos are taken under the cover of night, but as we’re all tucked up in bed at that time, the moment just passes us by.”
This year, I’m living in Manchester, so took my camera for a walk around the area where I live, Prestwich, and the centre of Manchester (well, up and down Deansgate).
It was on Deansgate, at Spinningfields, I encountered a security guard, who told me, despite it being a publicly accessible area – i.e, it was open to the public, but is actually private land, I couldn’t take photographs. I tweeted this of the conversation:
#4amproject and security. “Can’t take photos here mate.” I step two feet to the pavement. “Ok, I’ll take them here then”
— Andrew Stuart(@AndrewStuart) April 14, 2013
But this is the photograph I took anyway, as he was was shouting ‘you can’t take photographs here’
Short and simple, but it was a case of a few steps, and I was ok to take photographs – funnily enough, of a path leading to the Manchester Magistrates’ court. I hung around taking a few more from the street, just to prove to him I could and wouldn’t be deterred by him, and he left.
Elsewhere, I also took this of The Avenue sign, before the security guard could see me. I hope he reads this and thinks to himself ‘they’re not bad.’ To be honest, I hope you think the same.
I started, however, in Prestwich, where I live. These were taken around the shopping area:
I was using my Canon 6D and new 35mm f/1.4 Sigma lens. Superb combo (I need to write about that separately for my club photography) and the high ISO/low light capabilities of the 6D continue to amaze me.
These were the rest of the photographs:
So, another successful year of the 4am Project. I do enjoy taking photographs at weird times of the morning. It’s fun to be doing something different to most people, I guess.
Until next time…