Found is a project that evolved from a question; is it possible to find the exact moment a photograph shared on social media was made via live webcams positioned at highly trafficked, culturally significant places?
Found is an ongoing globally collaborative exploration utilizing social media and live streaming webcams to pinpoint a moment in time and space from multiple perspectives. A virtual link is created between myself and the participants, all of whom are complete strangers, in a questioning of privacy and access to information.
The feed at Abbey Road is live, but also has an archived feed from which specific hours in the day can be viewed. It is a race against the clock because every hour an hour is removed from the archive and no longer accessible. Working from a different time zone, I face as much as an 8 hour difference in time. In addition to the time obstacle, Twitter and Instagram remove all EXIF data from the photographs. The only information I have to go off of are the time the image was posted (often, not when the photograph was made) and the environmental clues in the image.
The position of the sun, traffic, street lights, and bus schedules are often the only clues I have to help pinpoint the time of day and link these two moments together before they are erased from the archive.