Modern day Bristol has been captured in a 24-hour social experiment. A team of more than 20 professional and amateur photographers joined forces on Saturday, August 19 to capture the city and its people, creating a visual library of what Bristol stands for in 2017.
The project, called A Day In The Life, documented the people and places that make cosmopolitan Bristol tick – from 24-hour party people to Saturday shoppers, sports fans, bikers and buskers to hen parties, street art and wildlife.
Iconic locations photographed on the day included the Watershed, the Hippodrome, Colston Hall, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, St James’ Park, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Harbour, Totterdown’s colourful houses and the Bearpit.
Led by award-winning street photographer Mark Waugh, the photographers generated around 1,500 images from 2am Saturday, August 19 to 2am Sunday, August 20, documenting the length and breadth of Bristol, from the city centre to Clifton and Parkway to Temple Meads.
The resulting images brought to life everything from awkward altercations to friends hanging out and even a wedding, along with colourful communities and the alcohol-induced absurd.
Over the course of the day, the team recorded:
The plight of the city’s rough sleepers trying to keep warm and dry
Hundreds of motorcycling enthusiasts congregating for the Bristol Bike Show
Revellers making the most of the city’s night time economy
An increased police presence following Bristol FC’s match against Millwall
A colourful display of Japanese anime cosplay
The full library of photos can now be viewed at: cartridgesave.co.uk/printwhatmatters/a-day-in-the-life-bristol
In the next stage of the project, A Day In The Life will be commissioning a local artist to print every photograph and transform the image catalogue into a piece of art, providing a permanent testimony of the day in history. Dates of the exhibition will be announced on: www.cartridgesave.co.uk/printwhatmatters/a-day-in-the-life-bristol
Inspired by the blog Humans Of New York, which has 7.2 million Instagram followers and 18 million Facebook followers, this definitive snapshot of Bristol is the idea of online ink cartridge company cartridgesave.co.uk
Ian Cowley, managing director of cartridgesave.co.uk, says: “Life is fast, nowhere more so than in cities. That’s what makes A Day In The Life so appealing – we’re taking moments in time and freezing them, one city at a time.”
Mark Waugh added: “Through this project we’ve brought to life the real power of street photography. These pictures will forever testify what happened in Bristol on August 19, 2017 and because we are printing each and every one, we will ensure the legacy of this historic activity for the city’s future generations.”
A Day In The Life, is fast becoming a firm fixture in the photography calendar, following on from its success in Manchester in April.
Mark might be a wonderful photographer, whose images have graced the pages of publications including The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Mirror, but he can’t do this alone.
We need an army of street photographers on the day, whether they send us a single image or a dozen, taken on a fancy camera or a smartphone.
There will be some obvious landmarks in there, but it will be the unusual, the quirky, the offbeat and backstreets, the people on the fringes of society as well as those that drive its economy, that will really bring this project to life.
Mark says: “This is a unique project and I didn’t have to think twice before agreeing to get involved.
“I love Bristol and its people. There is so much potential to capture some amazing images on the day, pictures that will last for years to come as a snapshot of the city on that particular day. That is the power of photography.
“I hope that as many people as possible get involved, from kids with smartphones, through all the workers of the city to the elderly to give the broadest possible range of what life in 2017 looks like. Grab your camera and get clicking.”
Fill in the form below to register as a Day In The Life participant. We’d also love you to blog about the project, what you think of it, show off some samples of your photography and what you’re hoping to capture on the day. Just remember to include the URL www.cartridgesave.co.uk/dayinthelife so that your readers can find out all about the project for themselves and sign up, too.
Once we’ve received all the images from the day, Mark’s job will really begin as he works with an acclaimed artist to turn them into a work of art.
The best images will be collated and transformed into a unique artwork that will go on display later in 2017.
A full gallery of images will also be available here, and on our dedicated Flickr site. Keep visiting back or follow us on twitter and Facebook for more details.
Want to get involved but don’t know where to begin?
Mark has given us some top tips for street photography below:
1. Always use manual if your camera has the option, the program modes have improved but you’re the photographer so take control of your cameras exposure.
2. Try and spend a second looking around the scene just before you press the shutter.
3. Have your better work printed, digital is great but prints are better.
4. Find an image that you like and have a go at making your version.
5. Follow photographers you like for inspiration.
6. New gear isn’t going to make you a better photographer, so use what you have but get out and get the experience.
7. Think about the subject but the background is just as important.
8. Use your camera so much that you can change feature without thinking.
9. Set yourself projects.
10. Be nice to everyone you meet, even if they start off aggressive, a smile and a calm chat can win someone around, doing street photography you will get into trick situations.
Mark will be hosting a workshop on 19th August to give you all you need to get out onto the streets of Bristol with confidence that you’ll capture the perfect picture.
Check out these pictures that Mark took earlier this year in Manchester for some inspiration.
Edinburgh born, Manchester based Mark Waugh started his photography career as a photographic printer, becoming the personal printer to Brian Ollier portrait photographer. Between assisting commercial photographers Mark become the darkroom assistant at the South Manchester Reporter, working as a photographer in the evenings and weekends. Soon he was a full time staff photographer, for all the papers newspapers and magazines.
Moving on to the Manchester Evening News in the 1990’s , Mark soon made a name for himself gaining national press awards and a reputation for creative artist photography.
The down turn in the print media industry meant the MEN had to lose its staff photographers, but the then editor fought to keep Mark as the only staff photographer on the paper. Carrying on winning awards and building his reputation.
Today Mark is a premier photographer working freelance for newspapers, commercial clients, and his love of design has taken Mark into architectural photography.