March 11, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 8:55 pm
Little did this cat know, but his so-called “best friend” was giving him bunny ears.
Bunny ears – used with palm near someone’s head, from behind, indicates friendship or partner, as folklore of the American Cowboy as did the Lone Ranger and Tonto, who wore two feathers in a V. Typically for a friendly photograph. Sometimes this gesture is performed discreetly to mock the other person in the photo, with either friendly or unfriendly intentions.
It’s fairly obvious that this was meant to humiliate its victim.
Camera #53 – Picture #5.
Filed under: Featured Photos — Tags: Cameras, Oregon, Portland —
March 8, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 3:37 pm
One day last summer, I went to the ol’ mailbox to see if there were any new cameras. Instead of a bulky envelope full of visual surprises, I found the above envelope from The City of New York Police Department.
My heart jumped – this was the moment in a post-9/11 world that I knew would come, especially in a post-9/11 New York. Boston didn’t take too kindly to ads placed near roadways, why would New York react any differently to anonymously placed packages left all over the city?
And, of course, since there is nothing of an identifying nature on the package, the only thing they could do was send their Cease and Desist letter – with the appropriate “We will follow up on this terror threat until you are tracked down. We hope you enjoy Guantanamo Bay” note included – to the address included in each package. There’d be no other course of action – such as looking at the Whois information for the domain name, or contacting Canada Post for ownership information.
So, I took a deep breath, and opened the envelope. All of my fears were laid to rest when I discovered it was a letter from the “Manhattan Property Clerk” letting me know that my property had been found, and I had 3 possible methods of getting it back.
After I was put at ease, I became amazed at the diligence of the Manhattan Property Clerk. I’m quite certain that if something was lost here in Vancouver and was turned into the city, it would just be tossed into the lost and found box and forgotten.
The sad thing is, this camera will definitely never come back. It has now been “disposed of Pursuant to law.” The question is, which camera is it? I think it’s Camera #68. After it was placed, I got the following note:
After I left #68 and walked a couple hundred feet to the gate, a security officer entered the park! I kept walking and turned around further in the distance to see him do a double take on the package! You should have seem him scour the park for a suspect! Not a mom with 2 kids and a stroller far off in the distance outside the park! Unfortunately he did pick up the package and at that point I descended back into the subway. Sorry about this one. I’m hoping that maybe someone along the security line might be tempted to do something with it!
The best we can hope for now is that someone finds it in a dump before it gets burned and sends it in. I have a feeling that’s not happening.
Filed under: Cameras, Lost — Tags: 9/11, Cameras, Found, Letter, Lost, New York, New York City, Police, Vancouver —
March 7, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 10:37 am
At the end of January, I got a message through the website from some people in Alaska who had found Camera #88 in Tok last summer. They took a bunch of photos and sent it back 2 weeks later.
It never arrived.
It’s sad to hear this, not just because I don’t get to see the pics and post them online for everyone else, but also because they took the time to take pictures and send them in, and they don’t even get to see the results of their efforts.
Postal System, why have you foresaken us?
Filed under: Lost — Tags: Alaska, Cameras, Lost, Tok —
March 6, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 2:08 pm
Last week, I got an email from Todd who is working on a dissertation on lost and found photos. From his site:
What are lost and found photos? That’s a good question. Listen to the stories on the site. . . People who have called in have been telling me what lost and found photos are.
He’s got a whole bunch of posts and links to about a zillion related sites. If you’re interested in lost and/or found photos, check it out. Lost and Found Photos. He’s also got a podcast.
Filed under: Other Sites — Tags: Link, Lost and Found Photos, Photos —
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 1:15 pm
This picture is the very first one that I saw for the whole project, and, as such, it holds a spot of honour. But, not only that, it was taken on the exact spot that I left it the camera: on a bench at Roads End State Park in Lincoln City, Oregon on August 29, 2006. As you can see, these kids are holding the envelope that was in the package – seemingly as a way to mark the beginning of the journey that they take with the camera. And, they do take a journey. Take a look at Camera #25 to check out their holiday.
Filed under: Featured Photos — Tags: Cameras, Lincoln City, Oregon —
March 3, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 2:03 pm
I have some sort of mind block when it comes to placing cameras on a regular basis. I seem to only place them when I am on some sort of trip/excursion. Unfortunately, this means that, even though I spend the majority of my time in Vancouver, it is severely under-represented.
For example, near the beginning of the project, I was in San Francisco for 2 days and left 4 cameras. The project has been going on for almost a year and a half, and, as of last week, only 3 cameras had been placed in Metro Vancouver. It’s not that there’s no where to place cameras in Vancouver – I just never think of it.
As an aside, none of the cameras left in San Francisco, or Metro Vancouver have made it back.
What this all results in, is that my participation in the project only grows when I go away. So, I’ve recently made a pact to place at least one camera a month, whether I am in Vancouver or not. To help this, I have decided to carry around one or more cameras in my pannier at all times. Since I cycle somewhat regularly, I should have a camera with me most of the time.
This came in handy last week when I was at The Persian Tea House with some friends. It dawned on me that I had a camera with me, so I placed Camera #95 at the table, hopefully in a spot where the next people to visit would see it.
Filed under: Placed — Tags: British Columbia, California, Cameras, San Francisco, Vancouver —
March 2, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 11:33 am
Within a few days of buying an ad on The Million Zimbabwean Homepage, I had 3 contacts from people wanting to Help Spread the Project – aka place cameras about.
First, Mo from Providence, Rhode Island said that she would like to create and place 6 camera packages.
Then, the next day, Igor from New York City asked to place one camera for now, with the possibility of doing a whole bunch more with a bunch of disposable cameras that a friend has. Lets just hope it doesn’t come back smashed!
And the, the day after that Audrey Horne from Salt Lake City wanted to place a camera. Hopefully when it comes back it will have some pictures on it, rather than how Camera #19 came back.
The $3 ad really paid off
In addition to these 8 cameras, The Hammer will be placing a camera somewhere in Victoria, BC.
This has been a productive few days for the project!
Filed under: Spreading the Project — Tags: Advertising, Cameras, New York, New York City, Participants, Providence, Rhode Island, Salt Lake City, Utah, Victoria —
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March 1, 2008
Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 3:59 pm
A few days ago, I saw a post on Boing Boing about The Million Zimbabwean Dollar Homepage, a spoof on The Million Dollar Homepage from years ago. From the site:
“The fee is Z$900
(US$0.03) US$0.01 for every 900 pixel block. Paypal charges a processing fee of over Z$20,000,000 (based on the current black market rate)! or US$0.35, which is added to each purchase.”
So, I spent a whopping Z$4500 [US$.05] on an ad. After paypal fees, it came to around $3.
Filed under: General — Tags: Advertising —
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Black Rock Desert, Nevada
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