A wise person once said, ‘A picture paints a thousand words’, and judging from today’s #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) and 24 Hour Project collaboration, it seems we’ll all be reading a large amount of descriptive text by the end of the day.
The #BlackLivesMatter movement and its partner organisation 24 Hour Project have teamed up to create a ‘1 photo every hour for 24 hours’ project that aims to photographically document a single day’s hustle and bustle of black people’s lives within multiple cities across the world.
BLM’s conception came in 2012 after George Zimmerman was acquitted for murdering 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, and Martin was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder.
How to take part
Set for 21 March, the event has participants across Manchester photographing everyday life of black people; the struggles and joy, the groaning and grinning – any topic related to black life or #BlackLivesMatter. Having officially begun at 00.00am today and ending at 23.59pm tonight, one photo per hour is to be uploaded each hour in your city to your Instagram and/or Twitter account accompanied by the following template:
Time (e.g. 2:30am) #YourCity “Title (optional)” by @yourhandle as part of the #BLM247 #24hourproject #24hr15 #24hr15_YourCity
To register to participate go to 24hourproject.org/registration and please type “Black Lives Matter” in the comments and feedback section when registering.
The photographic device used is down to your choice but all photos must be taken on March 21.
You will automatically join an international community of photographers documenting the topic of black lives during this #YearOfResistance. There is no obligation to make all 24 photos; you can choose to do only some if you wish – it’s up to you. The idea is to inspire you and many others in showing a ‘unique-to-yourself’ perspective to black lives in the city.
#BlackLivesMatter hopes to create a travelling exhibition of these photos when the project ends and Manchester too would get a visit, should our Mancunians start snapping away as we speak. If your work is chosen, BLM pledges it will reach out to you. If you are interested in helping fund, sponsor or host one of these exhibitions in whichever city you are, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tweet your photos with @TheNubianTimes and we will re-tweet the best. So go on and get creative and spontaneous but remember to be safe in the photographic hours left in the day. Show us your photos and let us read your thousand words.
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri