The Screamotron3000 is a converted boom box that takes a photo when you scream. ¬†¬†Think Rube Goldberg meets the Wizard of Oz. ¬†By using a machine, I hope to offer a window through the inherently artificial process of portraiture into real human emotion.
To this end, I was partially successful. ¬†Believe it or not, people can be just as awkward and self conscious while screaming. ¬†Better images often came from me staying in the room, stoking the flame of emotion, and guiding them through the process. ¬†The photographer matters. ¬†Who knew?
One thing I did not anticipate was the project’s mass appeal. ¬†A line of people from all walks of life showed up. ¬†They brought dogs and costumes. ¬†They cursed and spit at me, called me names and made their babies cry for the camera. ¬†Even the press came. ¬†Seeing your art project distilled into a 20 second news clip is surreal, bordering on disconcerting.
What created the demand? ¬†Are people clamoring for authenticity in their media, a release of emotion? ¬†Maybe it is simple. ¬†Just that there are a lot of people who have something to scream about.
See more photos on Billy’s website.