As You See It – A Georgian Triangle Camera Adventure

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited

After writing about 500 posts over 3 years on my "other" blog connected to my personal website,  I decided it might be fun to shake things up a little. Over 3,000 people a month are reading that blog now and I'm sure some are getting a little tired of only hearing or seeing my point of view!

A while ago, I read about something called The Disposable Memory Project in which the originator sent out disposable cameras around the world.  It struck me as a GREAT idea and a creative way of seeing things through other people's eyes.  Then I got thinking... why not try it in my own marketplace of South Georgian Bay?

Over the past few weeks, I've released five, Kodak disposable cameras.  One was released in each of Collingwood, Meaford and Clearview, Wasaga Beach and Blue Mountain.  A clear, plastic ZipLoc bag contains the simple instructions that asks people to take a picture anywhere in the Georgian Triangle that they think reflects life in the area.  Within 24 hours after, they are asked to pass the bag and it's contents, which includes a record log, to a total stranger or to leave it where it is likely to be picked up.  The person who snaps the last picture on the film is asked to mail it back to me in the pre-paid enclosed envelope that is in the bag.  It's really that simple.

I am so curious.  Will the cameras ever find their way back to me?  How long will it take until one arrives back?  What kind of pictures will we see?  Will some of the photographers drop me a line to tell us their part in this story?

As cameras are returned, I'll post the pictures on my blog. I'm sure my readers and I will enjoy seeing some other points of view.

Comments (14)

Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Marg,

What a great idea! I'm looking forward to reading your posts that relay the trips the cameras took......how exciting. (-:

Jo

May 05, 2010 01:18 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

Marg,

That 's a very noveal appraoch. I'm sure it will work. Good luck and I'll watch for the posts to follow.

Brian

May 06, 2010 03:43 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Marg it sounds like a fun project. Good luck. It will be interesting to see what comes back and how fast.

May 06, 2010 05:10 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Marg - What a cool idea ..... I will be watching for your results  and I may just borrow the idea if you don't mind

May 06, 2010 01:46 PM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

Thanks all. We've now passed the one month mark since the first cameras went out so I'm starting to stalk the mailbox. I still don't know if one or any will find their way back to me.  It's an interesting experiment.

Kathy - I always say, there are no new ideas just recycled ones.  By all means, borrow the idea - I did!

Rick - I've been curious as to what will come back as well, if anything.  

May 09, 2010 12:20 PM
Barrie Clulow
My Time Is My Own - Uxbridge, ON

Marg - I sometimes think that real estate people created recycling so that they could use all the great ideas over and over again.

May 10, 2010 01:30 PM
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

How did this all turn out?  Feel free to visit me back at my lethbridge real estate blog and leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.

Aug 07, 2010 10:24 PM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

Thanks for following up Robert.  Much to my dismay, not a single one of the five cameras has found it's way back.  I still have a shred of hope but who knows.  It would have been so nice to get other peoples points of view.  Instead, some people got a free disposable camera.

Aug 08, 2010 07:12 AM
Barrie Clulow
My Time Is My Own - Uxbridge, ON

Marg - It would be nice if they were to send you a copy of the pictures. perhaps you could try giving them to a photography club in a local school

Aug 10, 2010 12:22 PM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

It sure would be nice but then they'd have to admit to having taken the camera.

Aug 11, 2010 02:26 AM
Marcia Hawken
WILLIAM RAVEIS - Naples, FL
Naples Luxury Specialist

Marg, Have patience.  I do think they will find their way back to you. 

Aug 25, 2010 01:29 PM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

So far, no luck but thanks for helping me stay hopeful Marcia.

Aug 27, 2010 01:00 PM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Marg, very interesting and what a great idea!

Ty

Oct 09, 2010 05:16 AM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

Sadly Ty, I have to report that I still have not received a single camera back.  Hopefully someone put them to good use and got a thrill out of getting a free one.

Oct 12, 2010 08:45 AM