It’s no news at this point to say that technology is transforming photography in unpredictable ways. By now, in fact, it's hard enough just to try to keep track of every new variation on how this is happening. So here are two recent examples of technology as photographer.
The first is a site called Styleblaster. Basically, its creators have set up a camera on Bedford in Williamsburg that snaps images of everyone who walks by. This is postioned as a “live fashion blog, documenting the style of today.” You’re supposed to click on a top hat icon if you judge a specific pedestrian “stylin’.”
An “about” page offers a more long-winded explanation, in language so silly that I suppose it could be a parody. “We believe this service fills a need for live fashion information .... It will quickly become a destination for New York City peacocks to traipse by and show off what makes the neighborhood hop.”
"This isn’t just prevalent, it’s influential. Increasingly, picture-taking people behave like systems: Capture tons of images, upload them all, expect that plenty will be seen no more, and quite possibly less, than once. The cloud is a contact sheet. "