If you see photographers swarming the Center City EpiCentre complex on Friday, don't get too excited: In all likelihood, the snapping of cameras won't be due to the presence of a major celebrity.
Scores of professional and amateur photography enthusiasts have been invited to participate in the inaugural 24-hour City Block Project, which involves shooting anything and everything within the massive entertainment complex bounded by College Street, Trade Street, the light-rail line, and Fourth Street. It runs from noon Friday to noon Saturday.
The City Block Project was dreamed up by The Light Factory Paparazzi, a group of young film and photography enthusiasts in Charlotte "who seek ways to connect art and creativity with everyday life."
Participation is open to anyone who's interested.
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"We've been putting a lot of work into getting the word out to photographers all over," says Sean Busher, who is heading up the project. "We've mailed postcards, sent out thousands of e-mail announcements, visited photo classes, meetup groups and other photo-related events. There is no pre-registration, so it's impossible to tell how many people will be participating."
Entrants may submit their work online via www.city block pro ject.com through May 3; cost is $15 for the first submission and $5 for each additional image. A selection of the best photos will be exhibited at the Red Sky Gallery in the EpiCentre through May 17 and in The Light Factory (345 N. College St.) until July.
Busher also says that the project will kick off with a 30- to 45-minute photo class taught by The Light Factory staff inside the EpiCentre Theaters.