36 days of New York Sky: January 16th 2008 – February 20th 2008

36 days of New York Sky: January 16th 2008 - February 20th 2008

For thirty six days now I’ve been taking an image of the sky from my apartment in Manhattan. It wasn’t until I started noticing that most mornings have a really unique colour to the sky that I thought there might be something to comparing the colour day to day. There isn’t any specific time for me to point my camera in the same direction though for the most part I’ve been taking the photograph somewhere between 7 and 9 am. As the sun starts rising earlier my time will probably adjust accordingly.

It’s a fairly uncomplicated process with the photos. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy doesn’t really matter because each day is unique. I always make sure that the crop of the sky is in a 4:3 aspect ratio with my Leica D-Lux 3. One of the cool yet unexpected things that happens when I upload the photos to flickr and place them in their set is that they create a square which is what the image above is. I always mark the date and time on the photo as extra information that I might want to use at a latter date.

I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon with this New York Sky Colour Study but over periods of time like this I might do some visual experiments with it. Between the colours and data there’s some really fascinating things I can do both online and with print. Stay tuned and here’s a link to all the images so far www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157603736976953/

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  • http://running2.blogspot.com Tink Again

    That’s such agreat idea and the images are really nice!

  • http://www.ambienttraffic.net Tracie

    nice! i’ve been working on a series of sky paintings, every day, since may…it’s definitely been a challenge getting out in the cold!


  • http://tokyohanna.blogspot.com Johanna

    I love this. I adore it. Are you surprised though? 😉 I love the shot of the square.

  • http://holeinmypocketblog.blogspot.com/ Allistair Burt

    Make sure your back-up is working!!

    I did the same photo project myself a couple of years ago.

    I took one photo of the sky every day for a year, wherever I was in the world, Glasgow, New York, London, Stockholm etc.

    I had just completed a full 365 days and was in the middle of designing a related exhibition, when my computer went kaboom and I lost lot. Double bad luck – the back up CD I made didn’t work. Doh.

    Not had the heart to restart it again. Though I did find half a dozen on an old CD the other day and have posted them on my blog.

    Hope you have better luck than me.

  • http://davidhorvitz.com/ david

    i’m currently doing it..starting from Jan 1st 2008 – the very last day of the year. and if people want i can send it to them…here’s the guff.

    I WILL SEND YOU A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE SKY FOR EVERYDAY IN 2008. THIS IS AN OPEN EDITION OF 366 4X6 PRINTS (2008 IS A LEAP YEAR). I will mail you the prints intermittently depending on how I feel. I may mail you one at a time as a post-card. I may mail you a whole weeks worth in one envelope. By the beginning of 2009 you will have 366 skies. Each print will be stamped with the date on the back. A list of locations with their correlating dates will be printed at the end of the year. I want you to keep them in a pile so that they become a slowly growing sculpture, which I think would look nice.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michael

    thanks for all of the encouragement and thoughts – it’s really appreciated. it’s fascinating to see how other’s are doing something similar but in their own unique way.

  • http://www.popculturemama.blogspot.com skyM

    Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing:)

  • f.

    brilliant. i’m inspired to do one of los angeles, which would probably be 80% grey from my vantage point. 😉

  • http://jon.sykes.me Jon Sykes

    Nice idea, very cool concept, I just ran it through the hexday image sampler just to see what it would spit out. Looks pretty cool.


  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    thanks for checking that out and running it through that site

  • KeriCDN

    This is neat and so simple! I'd be interested to know if on the dark days crime was higher than on the bright days.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    You might be on to something, I had considered the temperature or “this day in history” type of thing, but crime is kind of interesting.

  • http://www.backcountrygeneration.com/ Kp

    Great work. Cool idea; sweet medium. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://talesoflight.blogspot.com/ Heidi

    Hi Michael,
    had a great time browsing your blog. And then I found your clouds…
    I have been collecting the sky for the last 3 month (not on flickr yet)… maybe we could find a way to showcase them together ie sky in NY, sky in Melbourne ie summer/winter.

  • http://fasturtle.com Jay Robinson

    Hi Michael, I was inspired by this set to make my own while I lived in Seoul, South Korea last year. I think the pollution in the sky is more evident than New York's.

    Once I hit 50 photos, it was very addictive. I thought I could probably go to 60, 75… 100. I might never have stopped.

    Anyway, thanks for the great idea, and check it out here: http://tr.im/nbN8