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The disposable memory project

A global photography experiment

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The project is a non-profit, community activity that was founded by British technical creative director Matthew Knight in 2008. In April of that year disposable cameras were left in public locations around the world, each camera containing a message inviting its finder to pick up the camera, take some photos and then pass it on. At the end of its journey the camera is returned and the photo’s are uploaded and shared to its followers.

The project has been going for three years now and in that time people across the globe have taken part; either by finding an existing camera or by introducing a new one. Over 455 cameras have been released, they have travelled to over 75 countries and covered over 500,000 miles – holy cow, don’t you wish you had come up with the idea?!

31 of the cameras have returned home and from their return a bevy of amazing stories, journeys and adventures have been shared on the website – disposablememoryproject.org, as well as via Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Flikr. Naturally, the photos are extremely varied and include scenery shots, group shots, portrait shots, animal shots, close shots, distance shots, abstract shots funny shots, and shots that can you can barely even make out, but every shot is brilliant in its own right.

Check out disposablememoryproject.org to learn more about the concept, view the pics, find out where the cameras have been dropped and their progress and details of how you can get involved. You can also read letters from people who found a camera explaining how it ended up in their hot little hands and who they passed it on to.

Keep your eyes out for one of the cameras on your travels and if you happen to stumble across us be sure to let us know, so that we can wish we were you!

Happy snapping.

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