During the 2016 winter season I carried around a few one-time-use cameras to grab a flick or two here and there while traveling, shooting, hanging, adventuring. It’s a treat using these out dated picture takers not really knowing what (and if) the moment you capture will result in something usable, artsy, sharp, soft or completely under or over exposed.
I processed approximately ten cameras at Lezot (Burlington, Vermont), most of them producing a stack of images while others came back with a sticker attached to the roll saying “sorry, no pictures.”
There’s still a few varieties of disposable cameras being produced, some working better than others which I found out once the rolls came back. The yellow Kodak ISO 800 version was decent, the Ilford B/W !SO 400 produced a few quality flicks, the Walgreens ISO 400 was a bit sketchy with heavy green hues while the Walgreens ‘waterproof‘ throw-away camera generated zero photos, once again proving it’s a toss up using these plastic lens jaunts!
No matter the results I’m satisfied with the effort, so take a look at the photo pairings I prepared for these upcoming blog posts. Enjoy! Blotto
The stack of paired images from ten point and shoot cameras. Approximate camera cost $120.00 USD, processing is $12.95 to %17.95 per roll.
‘Hot Laps‘ at Bear Mountain with Zak Hale and Michael Wick, our second consecutive season hitting the Bear slopes in March with the intention of running top-to-bottoms with camera in hand (no backpack, no stopping to swap lenses), shooting specific features along the way. It’s a blast carving the mountain in between photo stops while having only one lens to use for a few runs at a time.
My schedule brought me to San Francisco during the springtime to catch Santigold as she was touring the west coast promoting the ‘99 Cents‘ album. I went and caught the crew for an extended hang since there was a last minute rescheduling of the show, so we skated the SF streets avoiding speed wobbles!
During Peace Park 16 there was a massive snurfer session one morning after a foot fresh graced the slopes of Grand Targhee, dudes everywhere ripping the Burton Throwback decks having the time of their life. I’ve never heard so many hoots and hollers from a band of brothers schralping the gnar leaving their single track as evidence of a good time. You see Danny Davis here in the middle of session, excited to have made a full run down the slope (left image) while the other photo displays the feeling of an unplanned dismount at top velocity.
On a hot April day in San Francisco I met Corey Koniniec (on left) downtown as he was documenting Mike Clark’s attempt at ‘Hang 5’ing’ the steepest SF streets on a BMX bike. A Hang 5 is riding the bicycle on the front wheel only, with one foot on the front fork peg and the other leg dangling for balance. This is a common BMX maneuver usually reserved for park or street riding, not on steep San Fran streets going max speed. Mike managed to knock out three of the five planned routes that day, displaying good balance and technique while managing to slow down and stop at the bottom of each hill, which was an additional challenge in itself.