Photographer Julian Flynn's 24-hour Batley Walk
At 7am on the 20th of June, 2005 I embarked on a walk around the town of Batley that would last exactly 24 hours.
This walk reproduced the format that I had used for my Bradford 24-hour walk in the Autumn of 2002.I had a bleeper attached to my shirt that sounded every minute. When it sounded I took a picture with one of the same small point-and-press cameras I used for the Bradford walk. 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.
Again, accompanying me was 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 few hours we would rendezvous with a new friend and they would 'change shifts'. Julian Birkhead accompanied me over night - the other friends that accompanied me were Peter Ronaszeki and Michael Harrington.
The route I took aimed to cover as wide an area of Batley as possible but once again I felt that I failed to cover as much ground as I would have wished. I chose to do the walk on the Summer solstice this time rather than an equinox as I wished to maximise the length of daylight I would have to work within. This walk was as hard as the Bradford one - the small hours of night being a struggle against sleep. At first I was not as happy with the results as with the Bradford walk - the day was too bright, the sky too big, and maybe a small place like Batley offers less variety than a city.
But reviewing them for this site I've found many which seem to communicate something interesting, though these may be a little less 'giving' than the successful Bradford pictures.