An award-winning snapper will offer a free street photography workshop in Liverpool this week, as part of a social experiment to document the city in 24 hours.
A Day In The Life, led by Mark Waugh, will invite amateur and professional smartphone photographers to capture all aspects of life across the city – from football fans to students, from market stalls to high-end shops – within 24 hours on 20 October.
And Mark hopes that capture the way a modern city like Liverpool can have a number of faces across a single day.
“It’s always interesting seeing how a city changes,” says the snapper.
“How one small space can be used as a rest for old ladies shopping in the day-time but a playground for drunken teenagers at night time.”
“There has been more pictures taken in the last few years than the rest of photography history put together.”
Inspired by the blog, Humans Of New York, previous Day In The Life events in Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol have concluded with a new piece of art using the photographs taken over the day by members of the public.
And Mark will stage a photography workshop at the Adelphi Hotel from 9am to help people get the best from their smartphones when taking photographs.
“This event is about people getting together and taking pictures – but also to collate them and view them afterwards.
“Every time we have done this so far, it is so interesting to see the difference in images but how each individual image means something to that one person.”
The best images will be collected and transformed into a unique piece of artwork that will go on display in Liverpool city centre later in 2018.
Mark hopes the occasion will inspire photographers to appreciate images more. While the emergence of Instagram has created a popular new forum for people to publish their work, he worries that the inherent disposability of digital images can be a blessing and a curse.
“These platforms have aided photography’s popularity but in some ways it has made it a lot more saturated. It can be very hard to stand out.”
“It’s been said that there has been more pictures taken in the last few years than the rest of photography history put together.
“People now take pictures and they just delete them, they don’t put them anywhere and I find that quite sad.”
But Mark is excited to see what Liverpool’s cell-phone snappers can turn up on the day.
“There will be plenty to capture within 24 hours, from the nightlife to the new and old architecture that Liverpool has to offer.”
And Mark has an important tip for anyone keen on trying their hand at street photography.
“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 tricky situations!”
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• Main image by Phil Thomas
Written by Tilly Marsh