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Q+A with Scott
1.) How did you find the experience of using the disposable camera? Enjoyable or painful?
I like using a disposable camera. They are easy to use and reasonably priced for what they are. Plus using film is always a bonus to me as it allows for a more interesting experience.
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?
I think this answers ties into the last part of question number 1 for me. I have always liked film and wished I could use it more often.
3.) From your roll of film what was your fave image and why?
My favorite image I took (despite a portion of my finger being in the shot which happened a lot more than I thought would happen) was of a train going north bound into the United States for inspection. I snapped the photo just to take a picture of the train but when I looked again after taking it, I noticed a man trying to smuggle himself into the US by sitting on the coupling between two rail cars. This is my favorite only because it is rather sad but a strange testament about living in a border town where the economy is better on one side and not so on the other. Also, living in a border state (Arizona) and a country (US) where sometimes we look past the humanity of immigration and label things in a negative way, forgetting these are people just like you and I. The image really made me think. I don’t mean to sound political in any way, but the humanness of it all really got to me. I also largely tried as much as I could not to have people in any of my shots as I wanted to mainly just feature the cities themselves. The only other favorites are the photos of the border fence from the exact same spot on both sides of the border. One side was bustling with people, the other side was quiet with no one around but me.
4.) Would you be interested in shooting another roll?
5.) Is there anything else we could include or introduce to make the experience more interesting?
Not really. If you want to ask me any more questions or clarify anything, let me know. I would appreciate that.
6.) Did you enjoy the aspect of shooting a selfie?
Yes. It is fun to turn the camera on yourself.
7.) What did you think of the outcomes when you saw the final photos?
I really liked what I got. I took a few with a the camera on my Samsung Galaxy III to compare the difference of using a digital camera versus a film and some of them turned out way better then my cell phone camera. My only disappointment was seeing my finger in so many photos! I thought I was a lot more careful about that happening but it didn’t seem to be the case.
8.) Would you approach the concept differently if you had another go?
Yes. The part of Nogales I was in was a lot older and in the southern part is a lot more modern from what I understand. If I was redoing it, I would have done a comparison from the older north part and the newer southern part of the city.
9.) Would you enter into the concept if it was set up in a competition format with prizes to be won?
Maybe. I like that idea.
10.) Would you like to see your photos presented in a gallery exhibition environment.