You look up to see a cloudless sky. The sun is shining. It’s a beautiful day in New York.
Yet you feel lonely. The city has a sort of intimidating presence. There are all of these nameless, faceless people milling about everywhere. They all lead busy lives. They all have a story to tell.
As you continue down the path you manage to almost trip over something. You bend down to find yourself reaching for a disposable camera lying in the middle of ground, dangling from a bench by a string.
You snap a picture of your face in the bright sun. You shield your eyes with your hand on your forehead and give the camera a big grin. This is exactly what you’re supposed to do. Cameras were invented, if only to capture a brief moment of the story behind those (no longer) faceless, nameless people.
Katie O'Beirne recognizes this fact. This is why she started a public art project in Brooklyn, New York. This all started as a weekend project, O’Beirne placed displosable cameras in places such as Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park all across New York. With those cameras, she attached a note encouraging passerby to take pictures. On the note she states they can take any kind of picture they want, but the more faces, the better!
Film isn’t cheap and O’Beirne is no different than every other poor college art student out there. She used kickstarter.com to alert others of her project. She raised $3,402 total. Her goal was $500. Evidentially people believed in her vision. She has taken her project past New York and has launched cameras as far as Stockholm and Tokyo. She was interviewed on NPR and for the LA Times. You can view a video of some of the collected pictures here.