When people have access to large portable containers, such as dumpsters, and the freedom to move them just about anywhere you like, as garbage men do, sooner or later they’ll come up with a genius of an idea. Like making them into giant pinhole cameras and taking photographs of the city, for instance.
Some garbage men (or is it sanitation engineers?) in Hamburg, Germany, have put together an experimental photography project, dubbed the “Trashcam Project”, which uses dumpsters converted into pinhole cameras to capture images of their city.
Tiny holes are drilled into the front of the dumpsters, and large sheets of photo paper are mounted inside, and the resulting pinhole dumpster camera is wheeled into position by the intrepid garbage men (errm, sanitation photographers?). The dumpster cameras are then left for up to an hour to get a good exposure, and the best of the resulting images can be found on Flickr.
Trashcam instructions, in German: