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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!

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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