It’s a special milestone in the project’s history, we’ve just had the 500th camera released!
Thanks to everyone who continues to release and find cameras.
Check out #500 here, and perhaps try and find this special camera if you’re near Ohio!
December 29, 2012 by admin
July 1, 2012 by admin
We’ve not been paying the project as much attention as we’d like over recent months, so in an attempt to get things moving again, we’ve started drawing up a list of internal roadmaps for features and functionality we’d like to add to the project in the next twelve months.
We think transparency is important, so wanted your comments and input into the process, as we aim to move the project into something which can continue to run without so much manual involvement from the team here. The aim is to eventually have a project which people can easily dip into without needing us to get involved, and we’ll just manage the returned images, developing the film, etc.
March 1, 2012 by admin
We’re very excited to be contributing to 16HOURS, a beautiful independent magazine which we’ve been fans of since it launched.
The theme for Issue 04 is We Are Wild, and as part of our collaboration, 16HOURS have released a number of cameras into the project:
Camera 432: Gold Coast Airport, AUS, 21st Jan
Camera 433: Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast, AUS, 21st Jan
Camera 434: Starbucks Hyde Park, Sydney, 26th Jan
Camera 435: Sydney Olympic Park, AUS, 30th Jan
Camera 436: Bald Hill Lookout, Sydney South Coast, AUS, 28th Jan
Camera 437: Retro Wombat Thrift Store, Thirroul, AUS 29th Jan
We’ll be keeping an eagle eye on these cameras, as they travel around Australia.
February 25, 2012 by admin
So, as part of Kodak’s support for our project at the end of last year, 25 cameras were sent to journalists across Europe.
Some of the recipients didn’t quite understand the project, and we had one camera which returned home completed by an individual, and another camera which came back straight away, but only half complete.
Fortunately, Andrew M very kindly offered to take the camera on, and re-release it, so it made its trip from London, to France, to London, and on to Canada, to restart its story.
Fingers crossed, as it heads on to Jamaica now, we’ll see this camera return home once again at some point soon!
Check out Camera 442 to follow its journey onwards.
Well, this is a first! Camera 441 was released on live television!
Thanks to Owen for featuring the show on his Geekin’ Out slot, and as the host said, this is “Epic”!
February 13, 2012 by admin
Leo Laporte and Chris Marquardt talk about The Disposable Memory Project on The Tech Guy on TWiT.TV
Seek forward to about 53:45, or listen to the whole podcast if you’ve got a spare couple of hours.
Leo was sent Camera 349, which travelled from the US to Antarctica in just a matter of a few weeks.
January 24, 2012 by admin
Chloé very kindly took a picture of the recent article in Phosphore magazine, in France, AND translated the article for us. Amazing!
“The editorial staff loves…
It’s a crazy, unnecessary and great idea: leaving disposable cameras around the word , hoping, then, to recover the pictures of their journey. Since 2008, “The Disposable Memory Project” send cameras on a trip, like so many bottles in the see.
On www.disposablememoryproject.org, you can locate the cameras stashed in Aix, Amsterdam or Chamonix, propose to left one close to your home, or look at the pictures of the 30 cameras already returned from their trip. Snapshots (some successful, some… disposable), where you find a Gambian fisherman, Texas women covered with gold, or Winnie the Pooh at the South Pole… An amazing idea wich is waiting for you to grow, knowing that, of course, it’s better when the camera travels, often changes hands, and when yo do not photograph close-in your nostrils!”
January 16, 2012 by admin
For 2012, we’re launching a sister project: The 100.
We’re distributing 100 disposable cameras to 100 people, aged between 1 and 100, and asking them to capture a week in their life.
The cameras will be sent out over the course of the year, and the images posted on the new site over the next twelve months.
We’re calling for people who are interested in taking part in the project to sign up at the site, tell us how old you’ll be in 2012, and see if you get selected.
We’ve already introduced a few of The 100 to you via the project updates blog, but there are plenty of spaces left.
Also, we need help to find The 100. We have plenty of people signing up for the 20s and 30s, but need more of the older groups. If you have a grandmother or grandfather, or just know anyone who is between the ages of 60-100 and think they’d be interested in taking part, let us know.
January 7, 2012 by admin
We’ve released our 400th camera!
After almost four years (that’s 100 a year), we’ve reached our 400th camera – which was released by Alex L in Columbus, Ohio, USA – and then quickly picked up by Josh.
Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the project since we started, its an amazing achievement to have released this many cameras into the world, and we’re really excited to be continuing on our journey into 2012.
January 2, 2012 by admin
We don’t have many rules at the project, we let people interpret the project pretty broadly, and as a result get a wide range of journeys and stories back from cameras. However, we have recently had a camera returned by the person who originally released it, ie. it never really got passed on.
In the interest in openness, I asked the community for their thoughts on whether this camera should be classed as ‘returned’ and therefore added to the project as a camera. The responses were pretty much split down the middle. Half of the people thought that it was still valid, and the images contained on the camera still merit sharing. Others thought that it shouldn’t really go towards the camera returned count.
Personally, I’m inclined to agree. I don’t want to overinflate the returned camera count by allowing cameras which were released and returned by the same individual, else we risk multiple cameras just staying with a single person, and effectively just sharing photographs taken.
Camera 395 was sent to a journalist as part of Kodak’s agreement to provide us with 50 cameras (25 went to the community by us, 25 were sent to journalists across Europe by Kodak). I know for sure that it was passed on to the journalist’s children, but in any case, it was immediately used up and returned to us.
So, to keep things simple, we’ve added the images to this post, which you can see below, but the camera itself will not be added to the project as a returned camera. You can still see the camera details (as we have many cameras which are only with a single person so far) on the Camera 395 page, but it has not been counted as returned.