My Saturday is going to be a little different this week. I’m finally participating in the 24 Hour Project! I’ll be out and about from midnight to midnight, taking pictures all over the city. This year, there will also be a #BlackLivesMatter Edition, and I’ll be tagging my photos for that as well.
I’m turning my 24 hours into an extended friend date, meeting up with about half a dozen folks throughout the day to share my wandering.
You can follow my progress @girlgriot on instagram! When I first started posting on instagram, I had a whole photos-and-mini-stories thing going on. I’m thinking I’d like to try getting back to that on Saturday. Mostly, I’m looking forward to getting to wander through some neighborhoods I don’t see in my day-to-day and spend my whole day playing the artiste!
I took this photo a month ago in Downtown Brooklyn, and I’m hoping I’ll find some happily-perfect shots to rival it over the course of my day:
So excited to get started!
But … (because isn’t there always one?)
I’m having a hard time figuring out how to do the late-night hours. It’s generally true in most places in the world, and my city is no different, that a woman alone on the street in the middle of the night needs to have some extra care for her safety. I don’t normally hang out alone on the street after 12 or 1am, and I’ve been trying to plan for locations where I know there will be lots of people … or at least some people. Still working on that.
I’m trying to figure out how I need to look, what image I have to project so that big, tall, black me on the street at night isn’t seen as a danger, a threat. I’ve been so preoccupied with worry about my safety, I hadn’t thought about this bit of fabulousness until a few hours ago. But this is all wrapped up in thinking about my safety, isn’t it? It has to be. It’s kind of ridiculous that I need to worry both about being safe and making strangers feel safe around me.
Right now, it’s time for me to grab a few hours of sleep before taking on my city, my fears, and my excitement about participating in this excellent project. I hope I’ll see you on Instagram!
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