Stranger photos

Cameras left on benches make for unique snapshots.

Once upon a time people used cameras with something called film in it. You couldn’t see what the photo looked like until it was printed out, which meant running the photos to a photo developing shop (or doing it yourself in a fancy dark room if you were so inclined). There was no going back and deleting them or putting Instagram-like filters on them to make ‘em better. The Plug – a Virginia-based e-zine – used this low-tech approach and tethered a disposable camera to a bench inviting strangers to snap random shots. The final product was scanned and uploaded online. the process was then reproduced in Japan, and most recently in Mississauga. The shots are reminiscent of the days before people deleted unflattering photos off of Facebook.