The 24 Hour Project to capture human condition and its universal emotions

Following our coverage on the Guardian Cities exploration into Urban Instagrammers, we came across a piece in the Manchester Evening News  about amateur photographer Chris Shaw sharing his striking images on Twitter and Instagram as part of a global social media experiment – The 24 Hour Project to capture human condition and its universal emotions..

Chris Shaw, a civil servant from Blackely, wanted to see what Manchester, a city with 24 hour party people, looks like from the lens of his mobile phone.

Chris Shaw | The 24 Hour Project to capture human condition and its universal emotions

What began the early hours of Sunday, Chris attempted to encapsulate various parts of the city including bus stops, markets and take-aways in an attempt to show off Manchester’s grittier side.

He said: “I wanted to show the real Manchester so I just took photos of what I saw..The grittier underbelly of the city is what’s real to me, rather than the glamorous side…I usually use a proper camera but got this I took them all with my mobile phone..You can be more discreet and get close up to people without them noticing… Sometimes I asked people if I could take their picture but most of the time I tended to blend into the background and observe… When I was out and about I would look for interesting lighting or a background for silhouettes.”

You can see more of Chris’s images on his Instagram account: catcalledmorris.