PhotoTag

 

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PhotoTag is a small photography project and an ad hoc community formed through through the chance wanderings of transient disposable cameras. Periodically, a series of disposable cameras are labeled and released into the wild with instructions for unwary PhotoTaggers to take one picture and pass the camera on. Postage and a return address are included on the camera so that it may simply be dropped into the mail to get back home when all the film is used up.

Folks that stumble upon one of the cameras can come to the phototag website to tell us about their phototag experiences and their photos or simply monitor the progress of their cameras or other PhotoTag cameras. And once the cameras return--if they return--we'll post the images here.

PhotoTag has been recognized in a number of media outlets, most notably in the Wall Street Journal (Wall Street Journal Online | Archive copy).

PhotoTag is something of a photographic exquisite corpse, but is most closely related to Kevin Fox's Cameo project and Ron Hornbaker's Book Crossing. There seem to be a number of similar projects out there in the real world too. My cousin's daughter, who's a bit of a shutterbug herself, recently told me about a project she's doing where a stuffed animal is passed along with a small notebook attached. Folks that come across the doll make an entry in the notebook and send it on its way. I've also heard from a visitor to this site about a stuffed animal and disposble camera combination:

Hi, my daughter's 5th grade class did a photo tag thing a few years back, only they had it attached to a stuffed animal and the pictures were to be of that animal doing things in a new place. We had to ask for the first people to pass it on, and on and on... until about a year later it showed back up in the mail. -Kita

PhotoTag is a non-profit for-fun joint venture by Rick Dietz and Susan Brackney which has proven quite useful at keeping us from things which are arguably more important. We hope you like it. If you do like this site you might also like to check out Where's George, the Degree Confluence Project and Book Crossing too. Also, if you know of any other projects like phototag in the ad hoc community family of websites we'd loved to hear about them too! Just send us an email.

 

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A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there--even if you put them all end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity. - Robert Doisneau