Yesterday, I was one of 3000+ photographers in the world to participate in a street photography project to document the human condition of multiple cities during one single day. How this works is photographers come together on one single day to document stories in real time as they share to Instagram the human condition of their own city one photo per hour during twenty-four hours. This year’s focus is the urgently needed relief for refugees. Specifically, we are drawing attention to Lesvos Solidarity. Lesvos is a refugee camp run by volunteers who provide shelter and support to refugees who desperately need humanitarian aid.
To see all the wonderful photos from the project from photographers around the world, go to Instagram and type in this hashtag: #24hourproject To see our Arkansas photographs, type this hashtag: #24hr17_Arkansas I believe there were seven photographers in Arkansas that participated this year. Thank you Tommy Wallace (@pastortwallace) for being the Arkansas Ambassador for this event and alerting me to it initially.
Below you will find the 24 photos that I posted to Instagram for this project. The hardest part for me was the time constraint of posting one image per hour. It would have been easier for me if I had just used my iPhone but I wanted to use my current digital camera of choice, the Fuji X-T2 and Photoshop to edit each photo. For other photographers reading this, I’ll explain how I did this. Once I felt like I had got the image for the hour, I hurried back to my car where I did all the editing on my laptop. My typical workflow is to import the photos into Lightroom, do most of the editing there and then finish the photo off in Photoshop. Once I had the finished photo, I then saved it to a SD card and inserted it into the Sony WG-C10, a portable wireless server. I then used my iPhone to download the photo from the wireless server. Finally, I put the final edit on the photo in the Instagram app and then posted. This part of the project took me almost as much time as finding interesting subjects to photograph.
As for camera gear, I kept it very simple. One camera (Fuji X-T2) and one lens (35mm f2). I took 1,388 photos, 25, 391 steps, and one early morning breakfast run to the Waffle House.
Here are the 24 photos from the project and 24 bonus photos that didn’t make the initial Instagram cut.