Diversity of Belfast captured in groundbreaking worldwide 24-hour photography project
SKATEBOARDERS, sunrise yoga, tourists and a Krishna Temple are among the vibrant images of Belfast captured over 24 hours by an Irish News photographer in a groundbreaking worldwide project.
Mal McCann, who was the city's ambassador, took pictures every hour from midnight on Friday as part of the real-time initiative to document humanity and raise awareness about children's rights.
This is the first time Belfast has featured in the 24Hourproject involving more than 900 countries and 4,000 participants, who posted their images online.
For the award-winning photographer - who took all his pictures on an iPhone - it was an opportunity to showcase the diversity of the city post-conflict.
When tiredness hit in the early hours of Saturday morning, he partnered with the Dublin participant, Tim Bingham, who travelled up north and stayed until 7am.
"There were a couple of hours when your energy levels dip but you keep going," Mr McCann said.
"It was really a day in the life of Belfast and shone a light on how rich it is. It was good to get a mix of different cultures and show off the city - as it's still underrated by some people.
"I worked with the Indian community recently and they allowed me to photograph the Krishna Temple in Dunmurry... the skateboarders were also interesting.
"Most of the people we stopped to ask to photograph were tourists from the south, from Kerry to Tipperary.
"You could also do it in your home as some people are self-isolating. Some of the countries taking part are in lockdown."
The Dublin ambassador said this was his fourth year taking part in the project - and that his red-eye stint in Belfast joining Mr McCann was a memorable one.
"I found Belfast to be bustling with tourists. One aspect l really enjoy is meeting up with other photographers. As you need to post a photo every hour, you are capturing all forms of humanity," Mr Bingham said.
Now in its overall ninth year, the 2021 project is supporting the Responsible Charity, a group based in Kolkata in India which helps give underprivileged children access to better education.
The global collaboration will go on display.