Back in December, I was among 24 photographers invited to participate in PROJECT 24 SQUARED, a unique project on the streets of San Francisco. Each participant was randomly assigned a neighborhood, one hour of the Winter Solstice, and one roll of black & white film. Our mission: capture the essence of that particular place at that specific time, letting chance and our eyes dictate the direction.
The results of our efforts will be revealed in a series of exhibitions throughout the summer, and you're invited!
6/18 & 6/19: Preview @ AAU 625 Gallery, 625 Sutter Street
6/20 & 6/21: Summer Solstice @ RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third Street
6/22 – 6/30: Gallery 645, 645 Seventh Street
8/20 – 9/10: Dryansky Gallery, 2120 Union Street
PROJECT 24 SQUARED was a mighty challenge. Unlike shooting with a digital camera, where you can easily rattle off hundreds of exposures in an afternoon, filling up a roll of film is hard. When you can only take 36 shots, each one has to count! Pit that natural caution against a strict one-hour deadline, and the stress level goes through the roof.
My assignment was Sea Cliff, one of the wealthiest sections of the city, but my designated hour began shortly after sunset. Working in a poorly lit neighborhood (and without a flash!), I really had to rely on my "spider sense" to find good subjects. Some shots worked, some didn't. But in the end, I'm proud to say I accomplished the task.
After having our rolls developed, each photographer was asked to select the one image that best captured our assigned place and time. Those are the pictures you'll see on the wall. No digital manipulation of any kind was allowed. As project organizer Paul Lucia puts it, PROJECT 24 “is based on the concept of neo verity, which asks the question where is the essence of truth in an image that is altered and manipulated.” In other words, what we saw is what you’ll get.
Huge thanks and kudos are due to Paul for his tireless work on this entirely bootstrapped project. I can't wait to see the final results. Please come down to one of the shows listed above and support San Francisco photography!