So it’s the 4th day of the 4th month and I find myself on the streets of my local city at 4am taking photographs. Why? For the 4am Project.
Karen Strunks, a photographer, has been taking photos on the streets of Birmingham UK at 4am for some time. Places usually full of cars and people are eerily empty at 4am.
She set up the 4am Project to encourage people from around the world to share what their view looks like at 4am. So I just had to get my camera and get out there.
Here is my town – Lichfield, Staffordshire in central England – between 04:00 and 04:59
Finally here’s me and my assistant Mr Creative at 05:02 just after the Catherdal bells rang in the close of the 4am session.
It was a great experience being out on familiar streets at that time of day when they have a very different atmosphere. We saw a few drunken stragglers (from a club that is open until 4am), a handful of taxi’s, a police car doing routine patrols around the city, a milkman and a few people on their way to work. The local bakers were busy baking but the shop was in darkness. Many of the ducks were swimming on Minster Pool and just about everyone else was still tucked in bed.
I’m really tired now having woken at 03:30am and will need a lazy couple of days to recover. But it was brilliant to take part in 4am Project and to represent my city alongside photos from around the UK, Singapore, China, Australia, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal and many more.