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DMP and the Art Show

September 30, 2009 by admin

Today’s post is from Matt Foote (of Camera 29, amongst others) who recently held an exhibition inspired by our project, during which he released a number of cameras for us:

Just a little (belated) update on the cameras released at the Gallery At The End Of The World during the course of the most recent exhibition.

It was at this show, from Sept. 3 to 6 ’09, where we debuted the “Dollar’s Worth of Memories” disposable camera art series, part of which included a standard DMP camera bag tacked to the wall of our art space. We also launched a few other DMP cameras throughout the gallery.

Altogether, 4 cameras were successfully launched during the weekend. Of those, 2 were finished by gallery patrons and artists over the course of the 4 days; 1 was taken north to the San Francisco Bay area with the young son of one of the other artists; and the last one simply disappeared from the bag attached to the wall– we’re hoping it was taken by friend, not foe.

As to the bag attached to the wall– the experiment was to see how many people would “get it” and take the bag off the wall to see what mysteries it held. Whenever I removed it from the wall I was very careful to poke the tack through a pre-existing hole, so that I would could count how many different times it was removed from the wall over the course of the weekend. The answer is 7. Assuming they weren’t doing the same trick as I and tacking it back through an existing hole, we can surmise that 7 different people took it off the wall and hopefully snapped a few pics.

Interestingly, it turns out that on this same weekend, in the alley below the gallery, there was another exhibition dedicated to disposable cameras– some young lady had had the idea to give 100 disposable cameras (well, the photographers payed $25 each for the privilege of participating) with the intention of documenting the local town and community of Altadena, CA. Each of the hundred photographers had a little section that showed all their pics, and then the “best” pics were selected by committee and blown up to 8″x10″ and put up in another gallery around the corner.

Camera 122 has returned home

September 29, 2009 by admin


The images from Camera 122 are finally online. The camera, originally dropped off in Las Vegas by Kirsty S. was handed over to Jean and Daniel during a Tom Jones concert at the MGM back in April of this year.

The camera then found its way back to Ontario, and into the hands of Karin A, who finished off the roll – or so we thought.

When the camera returned home, the manual winding wheel which allows you move the film on after each photograph had broken, so whilst it seemed like it wouldn’t wind on any more, I managed to fix the camera, and found there were a few shots left on the film, so I took a few images myself (would you believe I hadn’t actually taken any images for the project until that point!) around London.

We dropped the film in to be developed, and when we got the images back, all of the scans were offset and screwed up. Something was telling me this camera was jinxed. Fortunately, after some careful manual editing and retouching, we’ve managed to get the images online.

The camera has been travelling for 138 days, covered almost 2000 miles, 2 countries, and at least three people.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the camera – and if you recognise any of the locations, please comment and let us know. Interestingly – I think this is the first camera we’ve had back without a single person being photographed!

View the Camera 122 images.

Celeb Handover

September 14, 2009 by admin


Despite a number of cameras going to the V festival this year, we hadn’t yet managed to get a camera into the hands of a celebrity, until now! Chris C emailed us today to let us know that he released Camera 211 in to the hands of Suggs from Madness. Chris went on to say:

He may have left it lying on the grass when he went to perform his set. Anyway, if Suggs didn’t take a photo, he made up for it with a brilliant performance on stage.

And there’s proof in the photo above. Well Suggs, if you’re reading, do let us know what you do with the camera!

Disposable Memory Project talk

by admin

We were invited to talk about the Disposable Memory Project at a recent advertising industry event called ‘Game Changers’. It was the first time I’d been asked to present something about the project, and I had to fill 20 minutes, so apologies for the rambling, but hopefully you might find some of the background to the project interesting.

Matt Knight, The Disposable Memory Project, “Game Changers: Free” from The IPA on Vimeo.

Cameras go to Hell

September 7, 2009 by admin

Our Cameras are in over 50 countries across the world – but now they’re travelling to the underworld too – Christy H. has written in to tell us about sending her camera to Hell. Hell, Michigan that is.

This weekend, I was invited to a bonfire in the tiny town of Hell, Michigan and decided that it would be a perfect place to drop a Disposable Memory Project camera.

Camera 207 was left in front of the Hell Country Store. Hell is located in Livingston County, about 15 miles from Ann Arbor. It does, in fact, “freeze over” each winter, which is a continual source of amusement. Nobody really knows how the town got its unusual name, but two theories persist:

1) It may be a shortened translation of a German phrase “So schon hell” — which the locals claim means “beautifully bright.”

2) The more popular legend is that George Reeves, who helped settle the area, was asked what he wanted to name the town. He replied “you can name it hell for all I care,” and the name stuck.

Whatever the town’s origins, you can now proudly say that a DMP camera has been through Hell. I just hope it makes it to Hell and BACK!

We hope the camera has more than a snowball’s chance of returning home – so if you’ve been through Hell recently – have a look for the camera, and maybe you’ll manage to snap a few devilish pictures (enough of the puns already!) Read more about Camera 207 at the camera page.

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