Camera Trap: Manchester 16.03.12


Today I’ve been having fun playing with a device I managed to beg and borrow from the science wildlife department.
It’s a camera trap that is usually used in photographing wildlife. It works by using a motion sensor that captures a photograph whenever movement is detected. It also uses infrared light to photograph subjects in the dark. I’m still unsure of exactly what I want to use the camera traps for but I’m interested in the idea of looking at humans as ‘social animals‘. Today I strapped the camera around my waist and documented my journey from my house, on the bus, around Manchester, shopping and back home again. It captured all the interactions I had with people as well as the movement and rush of the city.

It also got me a few funny comments:
“Oh wow, are you in the air force or something?”
“That’s pretty cool, you look like a robot”
and “What the hell is that”.

Anyway, it captured about 300 photographs in the end. I’ll just put a few of them up, I still haven’t got round to editing most of them. As always, let me know what you think. Any ideas would be v.v. appreciated as well.

Market Street, Manchester.

Market Street, Manchester

Market Street, Manchester.

Lunch, afflecks palace.

“Are you in the Air Force?”, Newsagents.

Buying a dress, Arndale.

“You look like a robot”, Milnthorpe Street.

Northern Quarter, Manchester.

There’s LOADS more. I’ll try an upload a few more tomorrow of the infrared black and white images taken at night.

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8 thoughts on “Camera Trap: Manchester 16.03.12

  1. Wold love to see images that are posted from an evening stroll. Does the camera need to be in motion, or can it be stationary?

    Curious.

    • Hi Mary,
      I’ll upload some pictures taken at night some point this weekend.
      And the camera should really be kept stationary. The reason the images are blurry is because I had it strapped round my waist and walking with it.

      • Thanks, I did understand that you and the camera were mobile. In fact I liked that you tried that out. The blurry quality works well. I also wondered though what would happen if the camera was stationary. What might we learn about ourselves? What might the camera images compel us to see?

        I look forward to viewing the evening images.

  2. another creative approach to explore – great ! – so, you actually were a ‘moving trap’ – it might be interesting as well to sit in front of some sort of frame (door, window, busstop, …) for a certain period of time and see what happens in it?

    • Hey Katrien,

      Thanks for your lovely comments. I appreciate them so much!
      And I’m taking the trap out again today and this something I will defintely try out! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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