No running required.
Launched in 2016, the Sheffield Photomarathon is a photography competition with the challenge to capture six photos on six given topics in six hours. Photomarathons have been held in cities all around the world, including Berlin, New York, Stockholm and Sydney. With Sheffield obviously rivalling any of those cities for exciting things to photograph, I signed up for the 2017 event.
I enjoy photography, but my experience with it is often alongside a professional (who knows what they’re doing) or snapping away on holiday (pretending to know what I’m doing). So the Sheffield Photomarathon was a great opportunity to play around with my new bit of kit and flex those photography muscles.
More than the photography, what I relished most was the time and space the competition granted to view and explore the city. I’m from Sheffield, it’s where I grew up, but never have I blocked out six hours just to walk around and look at the place. The Photomarathon gave me this opportunity. Within the time I spent taking pictures I found places and spaces I’d never seen before as well seeing the change in areas I’d once been familiar with. You quickly find yourself paying attention to the smallest details hidden around the city, it’s a wonderful frame of mind to be in.