24 Hours In Bristol - Bristol Photographic Competition - Walter Dirks

October 25, 2013

I decided to enter the “24 Hours In Bristol” photographic competition. A task was set for hundreds of photographers to photograph Bristol in a 24 hour time frame on October 19th, 2013. 

 

At the stroke of midnight I was ready and took several pictures in the city centre. I was constantly distracted by “happy” people enjoying Bristol night life but they were good humoured and fun to chat to.  At three am I was tired and decided to go home for some well earned sleep. At the crack of dawn I was back out taking pictures…. I walked miles in search of that “special” shot. I was on the look out for an interesting person to photograph and finally saw a really fit looking lady getting out of her car. I new straight away she was “the one” and she said “Yes” ....I could take her picture for the competition. 

 

Bristol’s future belongs to the children. Children love puddles and Cabot Circus has the best puddle ever. I have watched children and families absolutely adore the fountain that rises out of the ground. Parents don’t mind their children getting wet and I can just hear the positive response when children are asked if they want to go shopping. I am so glad I was able to photograph this little girl as she played in the water...the sun was kind and briefly gave me a wonderful light. The parents were delighted with the picture I showed on the back of my camera and they were more than happy for me to enter the picture.

 

By evening I had some really nice pictures including The Matthew on the move and also a “Moonrise” over the docks. Each photographer was given a computer generated time slot in which one entry had to be taken. My slot was 20:00 - 21:00 and I decided to go for The Clifton Suspension Bridge. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the bridge every year and countless photographs are taken of it each and every day. I set myself a challenge to make a picture that would stand out from the rest...of course that is a huge challenge and perhaps unrealistic given my time slot of 20:00 - 21:00. Certainly it was not “the blue hour” or “sunset” and taking the photograph from a spot where thousands have photographed the bridge made my personal challenge even more difficult! 

 

Having a specific focus to photograph Bristol was a worthy project. It has given me greater insight into Bristol life and some wonderful hidden places which I intend to photograph when there is less of a time constraint and the light is right. If I have some success in the competition that would be great but I feel I already have my reward from the hours spent “looking” @Bristol. 

 

Here is a link to my entries... http://www.24hoursinbristol.co.uk/gallery/walterdirks

 

Walter


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