In a fascinating and rather spooky article over at Wired.com, Hammerand talks about how easy it was to establish remote control over the camera, and the complicated feelings it triggered.
The camera, installed by a local developer in a planned community, not only sent a live stream of images over the Internet - it was also set up so that anyone could access the camera's controls.
Hammerand was able to pan and zoom in any direction, following individuals as they walked around town, and essentially monitoring the entire community from his digital perch.
In the exhibit, the artist leaves the name of the town undisclosed, but the images are compelling and often startlingly intimate. Using the online control panel, the photographer was able to adjust focus and even light exposure settings.
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In his artist's statement for the exhibit, Hammerand says he hopes that the series prompts discussion on issues of privacy and personal freedom in our dawning age of ubiquitous cameras.
"The use of mass surveillance through the interception of Internet traffic is a powerful tool for monitoring and manipulation," Hammerand writes. "Emerging technologies and the appropriation of existing devices and networks provide the main conduits for modern invasions of privacy."
Below is a sampling of some images from the exhibit, now on display at the "Watching You, Watching Me" installation at the Open Society Foundations in New York City.