The recommended reading links that i’ve seen and enjoyed for this week are all below. It’s a mixture of photography, social media, journalism, data stuff, radio and internet things. They are all from things i’ve read through Google Reader, been recommended, or seen and favourited or liked on Twitter, and stuff I thought I would recommend with the internet that I found interesting. You can see what else I like and read by following me on Twitter:
This sunday, if your awake (and even if your not!) you can take part in a photo project.
Why? Well, because it’s happening at 4am, on the 4th of the 4th, in.. ahem..2010. It’s called the 4am project, and it’s all about taking photographs at 4am on a certain day.
It’s in it’s second year this year, the first being 1 year ago. Over 25 countries this year are taking part in the project, and more realistically, a lot more as the word spreads on websites like Flickr, Twitter and Facebook. I’ll certainly be taking part – getting up early (or going to bed late) to take photo’s and have fun at that awkward time of the morning!
The 4am project is the brainchild of Birmingham based photographer, Karen Strunks. Supported by Channel 4’s 4iP, and Screen West Midlands, the 4am Project utilises the online photo sharing site Flickr to create a community of images representing 4:00am across the globe.
Project organiser Karen Strunks 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.
“The 4am project aims to bring both photographers and non-photographers together, to create a global community which demonstrates how amazing our surrounding landscapes can be.
“Streets which are usually teeming with traffic are deserted, shopping centres are empty and hillsides peaceful, the perfect time to grab your camera and take a few shots.”
Speaking about the project Jason Hall from Screen WM said: “The 4am project is one of those wonderful ideas that just seems to capture people’s imagination the world over. Testament to this is the fact that from a standing start, it has already amassed over 2,000 superb quality images from 25 countries.”
“This is a project with its roots firmly in the West Midlands but with an undeniable international appeal, as such Screen WM is delighted to be supporting its further development and growth”.
IF you go to Flickr and type into the search project 365, many thousands of images are thrown up.
These are all people that have started Project 365.
The project is basically one photo a day for 365 days. A whole year. The photo can be on anything you want. It can be self portraits, it can be featuring an item, it can be taken on a certain camera.
I decided to make the best photo of the day my photo 365.
One of Flickrs favourite 365-ers spoke to me a few months back, about the new year resolution of project 365. TheBrownHorse said it was a challenge to keep thinking of ideas, and ultimately he met new people and developed his photography through the project. Much like i hope to.
If you want to know more about my photos, click the photos link on the right hand side of this blog to go to my flickr site.