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.