How does one shoot photographs for 24 hours straight? This was the challenge I gave myself when I was asked to be part of the 24Hour '08 show. The premise for the show was to display a body of artwork created in a 24 hour time period.

The answer to my question came when I remembered one of my favorite beginning photography assignments; take photographs of intangible words, such as happy and loud. I took this concept and modified it a bit. I asked everyone else participating in this art-a-thon to write single words on slips of paper. I then placed all the slips in a container. To make sure I didn’t look ahead or cheat, the container of words was kept on the third floor of the art building with everyone else. I would draw out one slip and try to interpret the word in the studio, taking only one photograph of my interpretation. The studio is in the basement of the art building. Once shot, I would come back up stairs and select another slip. To further challenge myself, I had only one roll of 36 exposure transparency film. This way I could only take one shot of each interpretation. If it came out, it came out. There were no re-dos. I was also being optimistic that I could shoot more than 24 images.

I managed to stay awake for 20 of the 24 hours and shoot 28 of the words. I don't remember taking several of the images.
Belligerent; Chromogenic print from transparency, 12 x 8 inches; © 2008
Chicken; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Cravings; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Crust; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Despair; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Empowerment; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Esoteric; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Exhaustion; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Fall; Chromogenic print from transparency, 12 x 8 inches; © 2008
Fat; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Horny; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Hunger; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Insullation; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Irritating; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Not-Special; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Obtuse; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Pain; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Peaceful; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Retard; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Robust; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Sadness; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Sausquatch; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Serious; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Shifty; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Swim; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Terrified; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Untitled; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008
Vulture; Chromogenic print from transparency, 8 x 12 inches; © 2008

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