Scream Portraits Shot Using a Photo Booth Triggered by Sound

Screamotron3000 is a creative photo booth hacked together by photographer Billy Hunt, who writes,

The Screamotron3000 is an 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.

It’s a brilliant way to cause inner turmoil for his subjects. On one hand, a scream is needed to activate the camera, but on the other hand, subjects have a natural desire to look presentable in photos.

The photo booth consists of a microphone connected to a boom box that wirelessly triggers a camera using a PocketWizard:

Here’s a humorous slow motion video showing subjects screaming for portraits:

Scream Portraits by Billy Hunt (via Wired)

Image credits: Photographs by Billy Hunt and used with permission

  • Laura

    haha cool

  • Gracie Lake

    Far. Out.

  • anon

    So the Screamotron3000 get’s the photo-credit?

  • Friday Wedding Photography

    lol. 1:06 sounds like a Wookie

  • csmif

    What would be more interesting to me if the subject was unaware of a very loud sound that would shock them into surprise THEN the pic would be shot. That would capture something more unexpected and real than basically asking them to mug for the camera. I don’t see how asking someone to scream and then taking their pic is interesting. sorry.