Hacked Photobooth Only Takes Pictures When Users Scream

Photographer Billy Hunt’s Screamotron3000 is rigged to only take photos when people scream, exploring their vanity and self-perception.

Photographer Billy Hunt rigged a photobooth, the Screamotron3000, to only take photos when the subject screamed. Using a converted boom box with a microphone threaded through it, he connected a PocketWizard that could take a picture wirelessly when the noise from a scream reached a certain decibel level.

The aim of this project is to explore people’s vanity and the struggle of self-perception, offering “a window through the inherently artificial process of portraiture into real human emotion”. The video below shows a selection of his subjects in the photo booth:

Scream Portraits by Billy Hunt from Billy Hunt on Vimeo.