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.
There’s LOADS more. I’ll try an upload a few more tomorrow of the infrared black and white images taken at night.
- Camera trapping used for first time in tiger census (thehindu.com)
- Inspiration: The Manchester Museum (thecreativediarist.com)