Here's a modest challenge (for fun) to anyone who wants to play: Find, buy, or borrow a funky old forgotten camera and run a roll of film through it sometime during the summer (deadline, after Labor Day Weekend. Labor Day in the U.S. falls on the first Monday in September. You don't have to be American to participate). Send us a) a picture of the camera and b) a picture you took with it that you think other people might like to see. (Doesn't have to be "good.") We'll post all the entries on a special page.
1. Anybody can play.
2. Points for using the oldest, funkiest forgotten camera you own or can find. (Funky or old digital cameras are permissible if that's what you want to do.)
3. Shoot as much or as little with your forgotten camera as you want to.
4. If you don't have a film scanner, get prints made locally and scan a print. If you don't have a flatbed scanner, make a copy picture with your digital camera.
5. Limit the potatochopping.*
6. Send 2 pictures: a picture of the old camera and a picture you took with the camera.
7. Submit 800-pixel-wide JPEGs at any time between now and the first Tuesday in September by clicking on the "Email Me" link in the right-hand column. Use "Forgotten Camera" as the subject line.
8. One entry per person. Well, unless you have a second entry you really, really think is cool.
Featured Commentby Justin Ribeiro: "My fiancée and I have been in the befriend-a-forgotten-camera (and enlarger and old film...) game the last few years; it's simply amazing what you'll find at yard and estate sales.
"Generally if it works, we'll buy. We shoot a quick test roll, and if all is good we take it out for a spin.
"The thing we love about them is the social aspect. We'll invite friends out with us who usually aren't into photography or are attached to cell phone cameras, and hand them an Ansco Rediflex or Imperial Debonair (two of our point-and-shoot favorites). After a quick how-to, off we go. Haven't had anything but rave reviews; something about winding the lever and the little shutter click people just love.
"For those so inclined, we let them keep'em. It's not like we spent a fortune on most of them, and anyone having fun with an old camera is okay by us. We'll even develop the film for them (most like to try themselves, something we didn't expect).
"The spirit of the challenge sounds great and I hope everyone has fun! I know a great number of people (including myself) will have a great time!"