Disposable Camera Project shows off Vancouver 0
If you walk by young men covertly taping mystery baggies to benches and railings in Vancouver it’s not a new form of drug dealing; more likely it’s the latest location for the Disposable Camera Project.
Co-founders Paul Nuestro, Nick Hill, Michaelangelo Yambao and Mark Serrano, started planting cameras in Vancouver and Toronto more than a month ago, aiming to create an ongoing global photo album profiling cool, eye-catching locations through the lens of the people who share them.
“You have an Instagram profile, a Facebook profile, well why doesn’t Olympic Village have a profile?” Hill asked.
After volunteer photographers use up one of the disposables — taking anywhere from a couple of hours to 40 minutes — the photos are developed, scanned and posted to the project’s website for the world to see.
Since its inception in July, the site has amassed 39 albums featuring places like the Grouse Grind, English Bay and Science World — with new photos added daily. The project, which the four men fund themselves, has even spread to other cities and countries, as more people contact the team to get involved.
“We kind of realized we might be on to something here,” Hill said. “People are just loving it everywhere.”
With the rest of the team covering Toronto, Hill and Nuestro are responsible for all of Vancouver, dropping off between four-to-eight cameras per week.
The two said the response from people has been amazing and photos they develop feature every type of Vancouverite from grandparents and small dogs, to couples stealing kisses.
And speaking of stealing: “I think we’ve had three or four cameras stolen overall,” Hill said.
“We were thinking that so many more cameras would be stolen but people are good,” Nuestro added.
As for lewd photographs of unmentionables, they’ve only had one that required censure — elderly woman in Robson Square, you know what you did.
The team at the DCP will most likely be dropping off a camera near you, but they do tweet out location hints from their Twitter account, @FindDCP, and you can find photo albums on their website at disposablecameraproject.ca.
DISPOSABLE CAMERA PROJECT TOP PICKS
As a special treat, the DCP guys have picked their top 10 photo picks from this past month of albums for your perusing pleasure — check them out in the photo gallery above.