One of the articles in Issue 28 of The Plug shows the results of tying a disposable camera to a bench in Atlanta, leaving it to strangers to fill the roll. The results show the street life around, friends, strangers, dogs. All kinds of stuff.
I don’t quite know what you’d call this research method, if it is one. Maybe a randomised ethnography? I’m not serious, but I do like this approach. We had an intern at the lab a couple of years ago from Dundee’s Innovative Product Design course called Murray Sim who had employed a range of these kind of approaches in the design of a park bench that you could send text message to. He left magnetic letters and magnetic poetry on one metal bench, for example.
From The Plug:
“I tied a disposable camera to a bench with a sign that read:
I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Love, Jay / The Plug
When I retrieved the camera that night, I was happy to find that the entire roll of film had been shot. Below are the photos that were taken.”