In fall 2014, The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film invited photographers—new and seasoned—to participate in Moment Mile. Created and led by Sean Busher, the project sought to build awareness of and support for the museum's recent re-opening. On 1 November, 138 photographers gathered in Uptown Charlotte. At 6:15 p.m., the photographers stood in predetermined spots on the mile-long stretch of Tryon Street and simultaneously clicked their shutters. Then, exactly five minutes later at 6:20 p.m., they did so once again on the opposite side of the street. Stitched together, the two resulting prints – each 100 feet long and 11 inches tall –capture a single moment of a stretch of Charlotte’s urban core and acts as a historical marker of the city circa 2014.
“Participatory projects like Moment Mile are a new avenue that involve the Charlotte community in what we are doing at The Light Factory, and more broadly involve others in the art of film and photography,” said Busher, who is a board member for The Light Factory and a Charlotte advertising photographer.
Moment Mile will be on view from December 17, 2014 through February 22, 2015. The Moment Mile project was generously supported by the Arts & Science Council, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Wells Fargo.
The Moment Mile making-of video: