At midnight on December 31, one year ends and the next begins. A few years ago, I decided to begin using this as an opportunity to make a new photographic project. The idea was pretty simple: make an exposure that straddles midnight. With the camera on a tripod, make a time exposure that begins in one year and ends in the next.
This is the first such image that I made. The view is from a pedestrian overpass in my old neighborhood in Tokyo. The shutter opened at 11:58 and closed at 12:02. I had originally meant to make a different image, but ran out of time on my way to the location and had to improvise.
The next year, I photographed people waiting to enter the shrine in my new neighborhood in Saitama. Again, the exposure started just before midnight and ended just after it.
You get the idea.
In all, I’ve done this four times, and it’s something I’m hoping I can do every year (or close to it) for the rest of my life. I love the idea and want to keep doing it with as much consistency as I can manage. But I also like the idea enough that I don’t want to keep it to myself.
I want to see what other people do with it, too.
Starting with the 2020/2021 New Year’s transition, I’d like to invite everyone who has the interest to come and get involved.
The requirements are simple:
That’s it. You might want to do some planning in advance, but you don’t have to. Exposures could be anything you like, but a few seconds seems like a minimum for practical reasons, so you’ll probably want a tripod ready.
Right now, this project is in the extremely early stages, but will pick up momentum as others get involved.
NB: If you’re interested, but aren’t sure about how to handle the technical side of it, don’t worry. I’ll be putting together a simple technical guide to help people.
If you want to take part, bookmark this page and drop your email in the form. I’ll be sending out a separate mini-newsletter just for this and other special project.
For more information about special projects in general, visit the special projects page.