Photographer Julian Flynn's 24-hour Bradford Walk
At 7am on the 29th of september, 2002 I embarked on a walk around the city of Bradford that would last exactly 24 hours.
Clipped to my shirt throughout this walk was an electronic device which bleeped every 60 seconds; and every time it did I'd raise a small 'point-and-press' camera to my eye, and compose and take a photograph. The camera would imprint the date, hour and minute the photograph was taken onto the bottom right hand side of negative in small orange figures.
Accompanying me would be a rota of friends whose job it was to change films, mark my route onto a map, get food and drink and provide companionship. Every four hours we would rendezvous with a new friend and they would 'change shifts'.
The route I took aimed to cover as wide an area of Bradford as possible so that when inhabitants of the city came to the resulting exhibition they would all hopefully find somewhere local and recognisable.
I chose a date as near as possible the autumn equinox to do this walk in order to get an even spread of night and day in the exhibition (which would take place at Cartwright Hall). The limitations of taking only one picture a minute, and having to wait for the bleeper to sound before I could take a picture were sometimes irksome. Once or twice I found myself in situations where I'd normally have run off half a roll of film in the space of a few minutes - but I had to resist the temptation and stick to my one frame per minute.
My training for this walk consisted of weekly 12 hour walks. On these walks I'd push the pace hard, so that when I did the whole 24 hour walk I had no problems with muscular tiredness or soreness. What was hard was keeping going in the wee small hours when I'd normally have been asleep. My friend Julian Birkhead (no mean walker himself) accompanied me during the last 8 hours and says that at moments I was talking incoherently. I remember once or twice falling into brief, shallow sleep whilst still walking: I'd tell myself "I'll close my eyes for a couple of seconds, just to rest them..." only to be suddenly roused by the sound of the bleeper!
The 24 hour walk was a very rewarding experience - a day I'll remember for the rest of my life. The friends who accompanied me (Matthew Askey, Robert Hoyle, John Moran, Michael Harrington, Julian Birkhead) all executed their tasks flawlessly and, most importantly, provided moral support and encouragement. All 1440 photographs were shown in the exhibition, each being 4x6 inches in size and arranged in a kind of time line (or rather a time grid). I had some of the better shots enlarged and included within this grid.
This gallery project consists of a selection of the best shots from this walk, my personal favourites having been taken at 16:11, 16:44 and 00:56.