Samuel B – Roll 1

Indisposable Concept gallery featuring Samuel B.

Camera used: Kodak Disposable Camera
Film type: 
Where: Brisbane and Melbourne. AUS
When: March, 2013

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Q+A with Samuel

1.) How did you find the experience of using the disposable camera? Enjoyable or painful?
For the most part I found it very enjoyable. I wanted to capture images that I found interesting rather than a photo of my iPhone or something. Due to me being super poor and living frugally at the moment (which was kind of the concept about my life I wanted to portray in most pictures) there were a few days in my week where I pretty much just stayed home trying to sleep so I wouldn’t have to face the harsh reality of needing to buy groceries. This meant that towards the end of my week I had a heap of photos I still needed to take which was a little painful.

2.) How did it make you feel not being able to see the photos as they were taken and not being able to edit or know what the photos turned out like?
This was my favourite part. I really enjoy photography although I wouldn’t have a clue on the way a good photo is captured, I just set my digital camera to auto and hope for the best, so having not used a film camera since I was a child it was really fun and exciting knowing that I wouldn’t see the pictures until you’d developed them. There were also moments when I’d use the flash and then realise that the picture probably wouldn’t work due to a mirror or glass being in the shot, but it was too late and I wasn’t able to edit my mistake or re-take the picture as I felt having a limit on your pictures made every one precious. It’s so easy to take a picture with a digital or SLR camera today that our (my) brain no longer thinks in advance about how the shot will turn out, modern technology has allowed us to worry about that later.

3.) From your roll of film what was your fave image and why?
There are 3 photos which I really like. photo number 8 I like because of the contrast with the circular shapes (microphone head, cymbals, stool, tape roll) and lines (drum sticks and microphone stand). Photo number 9 I like because I like things musical to be messy, the shoes in the picture and old and worn and it just has a really punk rock feel to it, also my toes weren’t supposed to be in the picture but they snuck in, that was a cool surprise. Photo 14 is great because those horses represent Swanston Street in Melbourne and they are such beautiful creatures with such beautiful carriages, such a cool thing about Melbourne! The lighting looks sweet and the horses kind of look happy (stoned). It’s a hard choice but number 9 is probably my favourite followed by 14.

4.) Would you be interested in shooting another roll?
HELL YES! I feel this time I’d have more of an idea how to not mess up so many pictures and want to try again!

5.) Is there anything else we could include or introduce to make the experience more interesting?
In my opinion, no. I like the idea of it being free range to take whatever you think is important. I would really really like to see a gallery taken by young children and teenagers. Pitch the idea to schools and parents!

6.) Did you enjoy the aspect of shooting a selfie?
I hate this aspect, but only because I don’t like taking selfies haha. It’s cool to see the face behind the camera when looking at people’s pictures though.

7.) What did you think of the outcomes when you saw the final photos?
Most of them turned out really well, some were out of of focus which was kind of cool. Photo 1’s over exposure looks awesome. Photo 5 is way too dark due to the mirror which was a bummer because the whole purpose of the photo was to show the finished bed frame built from milk crates and you can’t really tell… some photos didn’t turn out at all which totally sucks but is all part of the fun and learning experience!

8.) Would you approach the concept differently if you had another go?
Yes. I’d think more before taking the picture and I’d consider having a really strong theme and put some thought into my week before receiving the camera.

9.) Would you enter into the concept if it was set up in a competition format with prizes to be won?
Yes, but I also think it’s a bit cheesy and enjoy that it’s a pretty unknown thing at the moment.

10.) Would you like to see your photos presented in a gallery exhibition environment.
Yes. I’d be intrigued to see which ones would be chosen to be displayed.

11.) Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘post secret’? If not, look up how that got started before turning into the phenomenon which it now is. It could be cool to do the same thing and receive mystery cameras back at any time in the future when they’re one day found.

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