The buzz of a city is something magical and life-affirming – the sights, sounds, smells and, of course, the people. But how many of us take the time to pause and appreciate the throng of humanity, on our way to work, the shops, the gym, or pub?

That is why we are calling on the amateur photographers and smartphone snappers of Bristol to help us in a social experiment to capture the essence of a single day in a bustling, cosmopolitan city.

We have teamed up with award-winning photographer Mark Waugh to create a project documenting the people who live, work, shop and pass through Bristol in a single day. We’re calling it A Day In The Life.

On Saturday 19th August 2017, from midnight to midnight, we’ll be looking for the images that sum up those 24 hours in the life of the city – and we want YOU on the team!



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 so that your readers can find out all about the project for themselves and sign up, too.


Once registered, contributing your images could not be easier. Ensure that the images are a minimum of 300dpi, and email them to us at Email us a WeTransfer link if sending multiple images.

Alternatively, we will be on site at the Workshop venue (tbc) all day with laptops so you can upload your photos direct to our server on the day.


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.

Mark's Top Tips for Street Photography

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.

Our Photographer - Mark Waugh

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.