As fine art photography
increasingly at times adopts the tropes of snapshots I often find
myself in galleries wondering if the artist didn't possess some sort of
faulty camera whose shutter tripped randomly. This got me wondering -- "What if I were able to
control the camera around someone else's neck from far away? They'd
go about their lives, and at random times, I'd use a remote control to
take a photo. What would I see? This was the basis of the Hive
Photography Project. I got a group of volunteers scattered across the
country to carry their cameras with them everywhere for two days and, from dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of miles away, I triggered
their shutters via an SMS text message.
Ultimately, I'm not sure what this proves. Perhaps that people have a
desire to be part of something, and a desire to create, or that from idle hands will blossom art with a little effort or maybe that it doesn't take an Infinite number of
monkeys with an infinite number of cameras to get a gallery show in New York.
In conjunction with any of those, it shows that technology enables people to collaborate on projects that even a few years ago would have required a
Herculean effort. Some of these will fail, some will succeed, and the rest will land somewhere in the middle.
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