Hiding in Public – photo documentary project

by Sayraphim on October 11, 2012

Hiding in Public was a quick response work looking at the increasing amount of CCTV cameras in public spaces in Melbourne and investigating how you can still find privacy in public. All taken in Melbourne Central shopping complex, I attempted to photograph myself in spots, which were not covered by CCTV cameras.

Oddly enough, the actions of crawling into spaces and holding my phone at arms length to photograph myself in places CCTV cameras couldn’t see me, made me much more conspicuous by my actions to those around me, so that photographing myself hiding from the cameras made me very visible to the people around me.

It seems you can’t hide from all the people, all the time.

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Sayraphim January 22, 2013 at 7:20 am

Hey James!
It was both easier and harder than I expected to do this project. There were more spots than I thought that weren’t covered by CCTV (At least, not that I could see) and not all of them were under tables and behind curtains. But at the same time, the actions I took while photographing myself made me stand out to other passersby. It’s very difficult to have a private moment in public space.

The work itself was inspired by a friend of mine challenging me to spot as many CCTV cameras in the city as I could. I didn’t think there was that many (he lives in London where every street is covered, I assumed Melbourne was years behind that). But once I started looking, cameras appear on almost every corner, recording everything below. To be honest, it changed the way I saw the city, and how I felt to be on the streets, and not in a positive way.

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