Twitter Street – Photography project aims to put faces to the Tweets

Love this idea. A UK, online project that photographs Twitter users and their tweets, Tweeter Street, has launched a campaign to raise funds to take the project global while also allowing the public the chance to buy a place in this historic venture.

Documenting the early era of a revolutionary new medium and humanising the experience of social media, Tweeter Street was launched in March 2011 when London based photographer Michael Hughes looked at the “nearby tweets” section on his phone application and wanted to know more about the circumstances and settings in which people were tweeting.

To date Hughes has photographed 23 tweeters around the UK with the aim of capturing 140 tweeters featuring international tweeters from at least 10 countries in five contents; America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

To do that he needs to raise £32,000 via crowdfunding. The money raised will be used to fund the international shoots for Tweeter Street and print run of a limited first edition (750) of a book featuring all 140 tweeters and their tweets.

According to Hughes, said: “The rise of social media and in particular Twitter, enables us to break down barriers in how people communicate and engage with each other. Taking this to the next stage, I wanted to see tweeters in their own environment and by contacting nearby people whose tweets jumped out at me, I’ve gone on to photograph them in cars, the street, offices or their homes.

“My motivation to take this project global was the desire to document the differences and similarities concerning the context and content of what people share on Twitter from different cultures around the world. In additional to this, seeking out international tweeters from around the world will truly represent the boundary-less nature of Twitter.”

Paul Fabretti , author of the blog Blendingthemix.com says it’s “easy to forget that that real-life events shape the origins of throw away likes, quips and tweets – this project goes beyond the pixels and dramatises what 140 characters-alone just cannot”.

One of the questions is how will Tweeter Street candidates will be identified?

Hughes said: “When I’m looking for interesting tweets I’m drawn more to those that illustrate a personal moment in time, a thought or an action. Being able to translate that into an image which highlights the scenario is at the heart of this totally unique project.”

Anyone wishing to take part should tweet @TweeterStreet with location details and they will be contacted should they tweet something suitable.