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All Tuckered Out and Tucked In

September 2, 2009

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Summer is basically over, so here’s one last look at the life you’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy again. However, these kids look like they’ll be sleeping soundly in their sandbeds until then.

Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 11:02 am
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Perfect Trio

August 5, 2009

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Okay, I have nothing witty to say about this picture. It’s just damn awesome! The crooked tree, the rig, and the boy in the red shirt are the perfect trio.

Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 11:02 am
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True Love

July 22, 2009

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You know that feeling of pure joy and comfort that fills you so much that you can just fall asleep in the middle of the floor in the middle of the day with your true love. That’s what this guy and his drawing have.

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Money in disguise

June 10, 2009

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Okay, this dollar bill is obviously hiding from someone or something. Maybe it’s in the Currency Protection Program…

Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 10:56 am
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Camera #180: Eco-park Xcaret

April 8, 2009

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While I was in Playa del Carmen, in Mexico, I went to an eco-park nearby called Xcaret. I brought along a camera to place there, hoping that someone there would find it and decide to take pics of their holiday.

When I first got there, I was all like – okay, gotta find a good place for this. And then I instantly forgot and walked around in the hot sun, checking everything out, including a couple of Jaguars that decided to get amorous just as I arrived.

By the time I finally remembered that I had the camera, it was pretty late in the day, and there weren’t many places to put it. In the evening, everyone goes to a large theatre to watch a two hour show about Mexican culture. Perfect – That’s where everyone was going to be! Unfortunately, I didn’t arrive until shortly before the show started, but, I was able to find time to put Camera #180 on the counter in the men’s washroom.

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Baking and Bagging

December 4, 2008

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This picture – from Camera # 9 – makes me hungry for some freshly baked fancy bread. It also makes me wonder whether the photographer works at the bakery, or maybe s/he is just a friend – I definitely don’t get the feeling that s/he’s a customer, as it seems much more personal than that.

Posted by Mr. Anonymous at 10:48 am
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Beyond Robson

December 3, 2008

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Beyond Robson

I was taking a look at my stats and I noticed a bunch of new hits from beyondrobson.com. Turns out that they gave me a shout out:

It’s a simple concept, but I think it’s totally awesome. Whenever I go for a walk I secretly hope I stumble across one of these cameras. It seems that they’ve placed quite a few in Vancouver, so make sure to check those alleys when you’re getting your fix.

Not sure what that picture they use is supposed to be saying, since it’s not from the Project at all…

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The Threat of The Anonymous Photo Project

November 12, 2008

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One of the people who has helped to spread The Anonymous Photo Project shared the experience of placing cameras during the extreme sense of threat in a post 9-11 United States:

The crucial discovery I made in this project is not all that surprising, in a way.  It was a direct experience of the amount of suspicion and insecurity present in my society and the overwhelming and overarching sense of surveillance I have internalized.   It was incredibly difficult to place the packages.  Each place I initially thought might be an appropriate place to leave them turned out to be places where I felt I might easily be stopped by authorities or even other citizens on the grounds of leaving a “suspicious package.”  Places like post offices, stores, schools, city blocks, all became sites that this project revealed as being places one can no longer act anonymously.  Leaving a package, no matter what the intention, has been rendered unacceptable, shady business.  It was impossible to shake this feeling–a feeling of somehow breaking a social imperative–despite the fact that the project was an art project. I kept the packages in my car and would sneak them out and place them when a good moment arose.  It was always an anxious moment. This project has raised my awareness of the way that, in the USA, we are *always* at a “red” threat level in daily life.

When I first started The Anonymous Photo Project, I did so during a road trip to the US. I had everything prepped – except I neglected to bring the transparent plastic gift bags in which I planned to put the camera, envelope, and instructions. I discovered this in a small coastal town when it was much too late to go back. The best replacement I could find was brown shipping paper. To make the package seem more enticing, I even wrote, “If found, please open” on it in black marker.

I don’t think I could have created a more suspicious looking package, even if I tried. I placed 4 packages before I was able to find some more clear bags. I was extremely nervous when placing these cameras. Maybe because they were the first cameras that I placed, but I’m sure it also had to do with leaving suspicious brown packages in public places in the United States at the height of the fear of terrorist threats. Needless to say, none of these first four packages ever made it back.

After placing dozens of cameras, I am definitely still somewhat nervous at the prospect of being stopped by someone who views my art project as a threat to national security – especially in the United States – but I haven’t been able to express it as eloquently as the above anonymous participant.

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Camera #123: Drinking District

October 5, 2008

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Way back in August, Emmi Jormalainen left Camera #123 at the opening of the Art Goes Kapakka Festival at Senate Square in Helsinki, Finland – the first Finnish camera!

Well, after a short time, it came back to Project HQ on September 10, 2008. 

There’s crowds. There’s hamming it up for the camera. There’s the “Out ‘N Loud” crew. And – best of all – they’re hanging out in the Helsinki Drinking District!

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The Project bought an ad.

March 1, 2008

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The Million Zimbabwean Dollar Homepage

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.

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