1 Day 6 Cities Project

Photograph by Alex Jeffries

1day6cities is a global time-lapse photography project taking place on 11th November 2011 (11.11.11) in Auckland, Dubai, London, San Francisco, São Paulo and Shanghai. The aim is to create a unique 24-hour snapshot of this day across six very different cities around the globe.

At exactly 00.00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT) photographers in the six cities will capture their first image in an event that will see photographs being taken every minute, on the minute for the following 24 hours. The edited films and stills will then be shown together in six exhibitions, one in each participating city.

For the first hour of the shoot, at least one photographer in each participating city must shoot the tallest building in their city. When viewed together they will make the visual 111111 of the date. After that, the  photographers are free to choose their subjects. But it's preferable to avoid 'obvious' locations.

Anywhere that might appear on a postcard as a rule is probably best avoided. We want to see your city as you see it, a peoples eye view from the street level. The most important thing is that you would be happy for each picture you took in your sequence to stand alone as a print. Think in terms of still photography as well as film. There may be some great action happening in your shot but it needs be framed beautifully.

1day6cities is building an international network of photographers and filmmakers; and in the run up to the shoot date 11.11.11 they will be doing a number of test shoots, publishing the work on the website and holding work in progress shows. If you would like to join the project, send an email to 1day6cities@gmail.com.

There is a shortage of Dubai collaborators, so if you are reading this, based in Dubai and a photographer (or know any photographers that might be interested) - do contact 1day6cities and  spread the word.

Here are some test time-lapse videos from 1day6cities's website to give you an idea of what they are looking for and to hopefully inspire you to take part. More information about this project can be found at www.1day6cities.org.

Auckland. Time-lapse by Sumant Walter Rao.

Book shopping on the Southbank, London. Time-lapse by Chris Carey.

Rear window. Time-lapse by Lydia Goldblatt