Think of 4am, and you usually think of bed, sleep – a time of day many people rarely see.
But this Sunday, April 15, determined photographers across the globe will be getting up to document the world at this unusual hour as part of the 4am Project.
Started by Birmingham-based creative photographer Karen Strunks in 2008, the aim of the project is to build a “global picture of the world at 4am”, with more than 50 countries now taking part anually.
In Cardiff, this will be the third year photographers have braved the early morning to see what their city is like while the rest of the world sleeps, with some taking pictures individually and some as part of a group.
One group get-together is being organised in Roath, meeting at 4am at the junction where City, Richmond, Crwys, and Albany Roads meet, outside Venture Photography. But organiser Matt Appleby said people can just get up and take part anywhere in the city.
He said: “It’s something anybody can just do on the day if they want to – plenty of people just get up and take a picture at home and go straight back to bed.”
After you’ve taken your pictures (and caught up on your sleep), you can upload the results to Flickr, tagging them with “4amproject”, and they will appear with other photos from around the world on the 4am Project website.
If anyone else is organising a 4am event, then get in touch.
Check out some of the efforts from Roath last year, and further afield…