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Browsing cameras by country

December 13, 2011 by admin

We’ve started to recently add new features to the website, and will be, over the next year, giving the entire project a substantial overhaul.
Our first new feature is the ability to see cameras by country.

As every single camera in the project is geotagged (contains information on where it currently is in the world), we’re able to create maps of each camera’s location. We’ve created a page for every one of the 73 countries which our cameras have visited, that’s over 770 locations in total. Of course, this is based upon the last time we heard from a camera, not its real location, but I think it creates an interesting view on the project.

Currently, it just shows every single location a camera has passed through, but in time, we’ll be adding the ability to see click to a camera from a location, and other useful tools. As the project grows, you’ll be able to add your own comments to each location too.

You can find the location pages by visiting any Camera page. On the right, you’ll see a list of the countries the camera visited. Just click the link, and you’ll see the location page.

Here are a few examples:


We’ve already spotted a few of the locations/pins are in the wrong place, so if you see something not quite right, just tweet or email us, and we’ll fix it.

And if you have any ideas for the site, just let us know, and we’ll consider all suggestions.

The missing finished four.

December 7, 2011 by admin

The Disposable Memory Project will be four years old in April, and by that point we’ll have released over 400 cameras.
Since the start of the project, we’ve so far had 30 cameras return home, and many more found, but still missing in action.
However, there are a handful of cameras which we know were finished, but never got sent home.

Camera 353 / finished in Virginia, USA on Nov 8th, 2011
Camera 250 / finished in Pahang, Malaysia on Dec 8th, 2009
Camera 249 / finished in Louisiana, USA on May 13th, 2010
Camera 188 / finished in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec 6th, 2011

It’s really sad to think that these cameras had their films finished, and in some of their cases, travelled thousands of miles, only to go missing at the last hurdle. Sometimes, people tell us they have a camera, and then don’t respond when we ask them to send it home. Others tell us they’re going to send it home, but then for whatever reason, they just never get sent.

We try and make it as easy as possible for people to get the cameras home, but sometimes, it doesn’t work.

We’re always looking for ways of simplifying the process of getting cameras back to us. It doesn’t look like there is any form of international ‘freepost’, where people can just label up the camera, and we pay for it upon its arrival. I’m going to start investigating whether international couriers like DHL and UPS can offer this, but as a non-funded project, it could be expensive.

If you have any suggestions on how to help people get cameras home, do drop us a line.
And of course, if you have a camera, please get in touch, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get it home!

UPDATE: Camera 188 has now been returned! Thanks to Xavier for getting this one home.

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