4am project

Birmingham by 4am Project Organiser Karen Strunks

The global phenomenon that is the 4am Project returns for its second consecutive year next week, as bleary eyed photographers take to their local landscape to capture the moment during the dead of night.

4am project logoNow in its second year with the next project being held on 4 April 2010, word has spread like wildfire about the arts project with people picking up their cameras in over 25 countries across the globe including UK, Brazil, Italy, China, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Laos and the USA.

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”.

Claire McArdle, Digital Commissioning Manager for Channel 4’s 4iP said “The 4am Project exemplifies how traditional public service genres can work online. It’s an innovative, collaborative project that has captured people’s imaginations across the globe and Karen Strunks’ enthusiasm for the project is infectious. We’re excited to be able to help her to take this project to the next level and reach as wide an international audience as possible.

For more information, please visit www.4amproject.org


Thanks to Glyn Evans at iPhoneography.com for the tip on this one.