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If You Find A Disposable Camera Hanging From A Tree, Use It!

Imagine this: You're taking a leisurely stroll through a park, minding your own business, when suddenly you stumble across an anonymous disposable camera dangling from a string with a charming offer to snap a shot. Who left it there? What's it for? What should you do!?

Duh, you use it!

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: A couple coming from a convention of sorts. I like the male's honest, straightforward grin into the camera.
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    Brooklyn Bridge Park: A couple coming from a convention of sorts. I like the male's honest, straightforward grin into the camera.
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • The High Line, Chelsea
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    The High Line, Chelsea
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • East River Park, Williamsburg
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    East River Park, Williamsburg
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • Central Park
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    Central Park
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
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    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • McCarren Park, Williamsburg: My guess — Quinceanera.
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    McCarren Park, Williamsburg: My guess — Quinceanera.
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • This one ... was taken in Stockholm Sweden. Many thanks to Chris for volunteering to set up a camera.
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    This one ... was taken in Stockholm Sweden. Many thanks to Chris for volunteering to set up a camera.
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: Quite possibly my favorite photo from New York Shots. The pair give off sincere, natural smiles. They look beautiful together.
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    Brooklyn Bridge Park: Quite possibly my favorite photo from New York Shots. The pair give off sincere, natural smiles. They look beautiful together.
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • Halloween in Greenwich Village
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    Halloween in Greenwich Village
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • A family stopped on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg to take a shot for my project.
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    A family stopped on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg to take a shot for my project.
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park
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    Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots
  • Imagine Circle Mosaic, Central Park - That mosaic is so symbolicof New York. Perfect capture.
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    Imagine Circle Mosaic, Central Park - That mosaic is so symbolicof New York. Perfect capture.
    Katie O'Beirne/New York Shots

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Katie O'Beirne's photo experiment, called New York Shots, is a simple concept: Hang a disposable camera somewhere with a sign that instructs passers-by to snap a shot — and see what happens.

"I leave cameras in parks for roughly 2-3 hours, depending on how busy the park is," Katie explains on a Kickstarter page, which she is using to raise funds to continue the project. "Sometimes, my roll is completely shot within one hour."

She posts the results later on her Tumblr.

"The endeavor has quickly grown from a local experiment into an international phenomenon," the Kickstarter blog reads, "with disposable cameras being placed in public spaces as far away as Stockholm and Tokyo."

The project captures a simple, mutual curiosity: How delightful to find a camera with an open invitation to use it. And how interesting to see how people react.

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