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Camera #130: Record Turn-Around!

January 2, 2009

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So, you know how I told you about placing a camera outside Chapters while being filmed by Shaw TV? Well, after I posted, I moseyed on down to my Post Office box, and, lo and behold, it was already there! This was three days after the shoot, which means, not only did the people who found it do their work pretty much immediately, but, the Post Office can actually work sometimes. This is definitely the quickest a camera has every made it back, and, it’s probably going to remain the quickest [especially since I don’t check my mailbox everyday… shhhhhh….].

So, enough with my facination with how quick it came back. How about we talk about and look at the pictures instead?

The first picture from Camera #130, above, is just down the street from where the camera was left. In fact, a lot of the pictures – at least at the beginning – are of Christmas shopping on Granville. Oh yeah, and if you are in need of a little Twelve Step help, look no further.

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Note on Camera #123

November 11, 2008

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Whoops, I totally forgot to mention that Camera #123 was returned with this sticky:

“Taken in Helsinki on 14.8.2008 during ‘Art Goes Kapakka’ openning night.”

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Camera #134

October 28, 2008

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Way back in the springtime, Mo left 5 cameras in and around the Providence, Rhode Island area. Well, one of them finally came back! Mo placed Camera #134 on River St in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s field with all sorts of strange goings on… One of my faves is the bagel yoyos.

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Island Livin’

September 17, 2008

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In August, I went with some friends on a bike camping trip to the San Juan Islands. I found room enough in my paniersto bring three cameras along, and I placed them around the two islands we went to. A couple of weeks ago, Camera #114 came back.

This camera seems to have been picked up by a fellow camper – it probably helps that I left it on the beach of the campground. Many of the pics are of the campground we stayed in, and the surrounding area. The photo of the starfish, seaweed, and lock of hair – above – is my personal favourite.

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Say Swiss Cheese!

September 14, 2008

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So, I’ve been terrible lately at providing updates as to what’s been going on with the project, but here’s an attempt to remedy that.

Over a month ago, the Project got another camera back – from Switzerland! Camera #122 was placed by Lori and Pax in Geneva under a palm tree in the courtyard of MAMCO (Musee d’art moderne et contemporain + Centre de la Photographie). I think putting it outside the Centre de la Photographie was key, since it was picked up and returned with a bunch of interesting shots. There’s art, street scenes, junk, jazz, and costumed ladies.

It’s not the first camera to have gone to Europe, but it’s the first one that’s been dropped there and returned. Camera #60 was placed in New York, and went all the way to France and back. And, Camera #33 went on a Scandinavian cruise after being left near Toronto.

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Camera #113: Sleuthing

July 25, 2008

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Well, after many many attempts and more attempts, I’ve finally had success in Vancouver! A camera was picked up, pictures taken, and it was returned. As I’ve mentioned before, it seems like Vancouver isn’t a random photo project kinda place – I’ve placed 8 cameras here throughout the years, and I’ve only received Camera #113 back.

Looks these guys had one helluva a day though. Okay, I might be making some big assumptions, but the guy above is wearing his red Andre the Giant shirt from breakfast at the beginning, all the way to the end.

This being the first camera received back from a place I know well, I went on a mission. A friend and I sifted through the pictures and came to the following conclusions:

  • They started with breakfast at Caffe Barney on Main Street
  • They then drove downtown, via Main + 2nd Avenue
  • They then cut up a bunch of meat somewhere. Okay, this one isn’t much of a stretch since it’s right there in the pictures, but we think it happened at their next stop:
  • Boneta in Gastown – one of the pics seems to have a bowl of meat on the counter…
  • Then they closed up the evening at The Greedy Pig.

All this was possible through the clues in the pics – signs seen on the street, telltale countertops and curtains, and menu boards – and following up with Google Maps, Flickr, and the websites of the restaurants.

It’s amazing what can be figured out just from the pictures.

If anyone else out there has unreturned cameras from Vancouver, return them so I can do some more detecting!

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Camera #94: blank

May 22, 2008

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Another camera returned! Woohoo!! Well, not really…

Back in April, I left Camera #94 at the Grandview Lanes in Vancouver. A few days ago, this comment was left on that blog post:

Lame. I thought this was supposed to be anonymous. I had so many great ideas too… oh well, I’ll send it back blank and hopefully the next person won’t come here to read that they are being watched.

As it happened, I was bowling in the Lanes, and happened to see the person who found it. I wasn’t spying or anything – it’s just one of those things that happens when you’re in the same room.

Then, the person who found the camera came to the website and read on the above blog post, “A few minutes later, I saw an excited bowler showing the package to his friends,” was offended by this, and decided to make a statement by sending the camera back unused.

It’s interesting the reactions that people have to the project, and what can make them decide to not participate. It’s too bad that this one felt so strongly about it that he no longer wanted to partake.

This marks the second blank camera I’ve received, on top of the empty envelope, and the smashed camera.

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Camera #148: JagerMonster719

May 20, 2008

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On May 3, TheGirl released a couple of cameras out into the wild in Colorado. And a few days after that, Gail left a comment on Camera #148 saying that her son found it outside his work, and had already finished it and stuck it in the mail. Well, it’s made it here!

Judging by the pictures, he likes Jagermeister. And… is that Call of Duty 4? Can’t quite tell…

Unfortunately, a lot of the pics were underexposed… I did my best colour-correcting to get them to look as good as possible.

West-Side Reprezentin.

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