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As you can see from the EXIF data, this isn’t quite a straight shot, but I wanted to catch something of the sinister element of these devices. And while I have no principled objection to public safety, I am a little uncomfortable at the increasing tendency to monitor our every move.

This particular camera watches over a small flight of steps that descends from pavement level to a basement entrance to a town hall. Hence the protective enclosure; i.e. it’s within reach of anyone who might wish to subvert the local council’s Big Brother policy. Actually, having said all that, I suspect that if I worked in the basement office that this camera protects I might see things differently.

And I suppose that’s one of the key points: when we’re being watched, it feels invasive, when we’re doing the watching, it makes us feel safe, or safer perhaps. I guess what’s needed is a culture that is safe, rather than one that provides means whereby we can monitor the threats to our safety … but then I always did have a tendency to pursue utopian ideals ;-)

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comment by Daniel at 11:16 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2004

Big Brother is watching you - closely! They seem afraid that people might not like it, huh?

comment by Neil at 03:22 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2004

As usual, I clicked on the chromasia link in my toolbar first thing this morning, and wow! What a great image, very stark and hard, yet with a quiet geometric design that provides disturbing tension with the subject.

comment by kane at 04:35 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2004

The image certainly has an Orwellian feel to it, and the color tone only adds to that feel. Wonderful shot!

comment by djn1 at 01:10 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2004

Thanks. This was/is one of those images that I can look at and think that it's ok, but it didn't really work for me. If you're interested, I've tried to sum up why I'm not all that happy with it in the blurb that accompanies tomorrow's entry.

comment by Dirk at 12:36 PM (GMT) on 4 March, 2004

Wow. I must say, I like these pictures with strong contrasts. Very detailed - very cool.

comment by Deceptive at 12:48 PM (GMT) on 5 March, 2004

I like the treatment of the image, definitely gives the camera a sinister look, enhanced by the grill placed around it and the long shadows.

comment by P at 07:31 AM (GMT) on 6 March, 2004

i actualy found my self exclaiming "wow" out loud when this image loaded. stunning. nice job!

comment by xhoss at 08:15 AM (GMT) on 15 March, 2004

great shot - the lighting and shadows are great and you used them to create a wonderful image. nice work.