In honour of the @24hourproject, a street photography project designed to document streets of the world over a 24 hour period, created by Renzo Grande @aliveinnyc and Sam Smotherman @whittiersam, we have decided to feature a wonderful poem by Lord Byron the most flamboyant, notorious and fashionable of the major Romantic poets of the day. The poem is entitled ‘She Walks in Beauty’ and I really feel it epitomises the essence of the @24hourproject.
To tell you a little more about the @24hourproject, essentially it began as a personal project to document two different cities for one full day. That same year, other photographers became interested in covering it too and in 2012 the first year, 65 photographers documented 24 cities. The figures gradually increased and this year there are 2,702 photographers, documenting 680 cities. The idea is for each photographer to publish one photograph per hour over a 24 hour period. The project went live on March 19, 2016, it is the same day for all participants, starting at midnight their local time.
Many mobile street photographers that we know and love are covering this event, including Vivi Hanson Sacerdote (London), Laura Peischl (London), Lee Atwell (Seattle, USA), Sheldon Serkin (New York, USA), Cindy Buske (Quebec, Canada), Saskia Howard (King Cross, Sydney, Australia), Ryan Vaarsi (USA), Rob Pearson-Wright (London, UK), Lrh Arquitecto – Luis Rodriguez (Seville, Spain), Paula Broom (Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia)- please let me know of more!
We have published some of the incredible images emerging from the @24hourproject below, as well as this beautiful poem.
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‘3.12 am – Brick Lane, London’ – @isnob – ©Laura Peischl
‘09.15 am – Brixton, London’ – @Veevs – ©Vivi Hanson Sacerdote
‘07.50 am – Seville, Spain’ – @luison_street – ©Luis Rodriguez
‘06.15 am – Quebec, Canada’ – @cindybuske – ©Cindy Buske
‘11.24 am – Saatchi Gallery, London, UK’ – @brian_beaver / ©Rob Pearson-Wright
‘9.29 pm – Sydney, Australia’ – @saskia_howard – ©Saskia Howard
‘12.15 am – Seattle, USA’ – @leeatwell – ©Lee Atwell
‘6.05 am ‘Margot’ – New York, USA @ShelSerkin – ©Sheldon Serkin
‘07.05 am NYC, USA’ – @ryan_vaarsi – ©Ryan Vaarsi
‘11.01 pm – Syndey’ @paulabroom – ©Paula Broom
She Walks in Beauty
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
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