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Primate caught by a camera trap

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posted on 2011-04-13, 00:00 authored by Steven Sullivan
I spent three months in Limpopo Province, South Africa, studying the habitat preferences of Greater Bushbabies. Research was conducted mostly at night using bait stations and camera traps. This resulted in hundreds of pictures of foraging bushbabies and other wildlife, as well as this picture of me, taken by a camera that I forgot to turn off when I moved it to a new site. To me, this picture symbolizes a research season in Africa: a place filled with artful scenes that we are trying to understand empirically. The painterly strokes created by the motion of the camera gives an impression of the dense and inscrutable forest I was working in, as well as showing the frenetic pace of research. Despite the abstract scene of the photo, it is also a data point, time-stamped by the dispassionate eye of the camera trap.


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Entry in 2009 in The Image of Research, a competition for students in graduate or professional degree programs at UIC, sponsored by UIC's Graduate College and the University Library. Images of award recipients and honorable mention images on exhibition in the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences, April 16-May 12, 2009.

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