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Melbourne gets snapped in 24hrs
Modern technology has many benefits to photography, with fancy digital cameras and smart phones giving us instant images to view, although it doesn't seem all that long ago that we would have to wait for a camera film to be developed at a store before we could see a photograph we had taken.

In some ways, today's technology has taken away some of that suspense. Having said that, disposable cameras still give us a little excitement to see what photographic delights can be revealed when developing a camera film.

To celebrate disposable cameras, photography, and the beautiful city of Melbourne, Colour Box Studio has launched the Disposable Camera Project: Third Edition in partnership with Ruffian Gallery and supported by Prism Imaging.

The Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project: Second Edition Exhibition 2013. Image by Kristina Arnott
The Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project: Second Edition Exhibition 2013. Image by Kristina Arnott


Running as a Pozible crowdfunding campaign, the Disposable Camera Project is a Melbourne-wide participatory photography project. For a participation fee, Colour Box Studio will provide participants with a disposable camera with which to go snap happy in Melbourne over a 24hr period.


Budding photographers will pick up a disposable camera at various pick-up points on 20 September, handing back the device on 21 September. All camera films are then developed and printed by Prism Imaging, and Colour Box Studio together with Ruffian Gallery staff will filter through hundreds of images to feature in the Third Edition exhibition opening on 2 October 2014 from 6pm-9pm.

Disposable camera pick up and drop off points:

Pick up your disposable camera on Saturday 20 September from -
Ruffian Gallery: 10am-1pm OR
Flinders St Station steps: 10am-1pm OR
Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive 12pm-6pm

Drop your disposable camera off on Sunday 21 September to -
• Ruffian Gallery: 3pm-6pm OR
• Flinders St Station steps: 4pm-6pm OR
• Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive: 3pm-6pm

Past participants have photographed all sorts of subjects ranging from abstract urban landscapes, one colour objects, local beaches and a series of dog portraits.

Image by Rahima Miriam Hayes. The Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project: Second Edition 2013
Image by Rahima Miriam Hayes. The Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project: Second Edition 2013


There will be awards for the Best Photo and Best Set of Photos (to be judged by a special guest), the People's Choice Award for Best Set of Photos and more. There is also a chance for photographs to be featured in the upcoming CBSDCP: 2014 Photobook. Participants will collect and take home all 6 x 4 size photographic prints when the exhibition ends on 12 October 2014. Scans of photos will be provided upon request.

Register to participate in Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project: Third Edition by choosing either the $25 or $55 'participate' rewards here.

Funds cover:


Disposable cameras, developing, quality printing, gallery space hire, exhibition installation materials, printed collateral to advertise the Disposable Camera Project: Third Edition Exhibition, prizes for competition winners, a partial project manager's fee for Projects and Events Coordinator, Pozible fees and Pozible reward costs.
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Why? Get snap happy in Melbourne
When: Registrations from Friday 15 August - Friday 12 September 2014. Exhibition opening 3 October 2014.
Where: All over Melbourne. Exhibition at Ruffian Gallery, Footscray
Cost: Participation fee from $25
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