The 12:00 Noon Project is a global photography project aimed at opening the public's eyes as to what life is like across the globe. My goal is to put a camera in the hands of people all over the globe and document what they see. At around twelve o clock every day they will be asked to take one picture using either a disposable camera or a digital camera, capturing what it is like in the environment they live in. When they are done, they will either send the camera back for developing or send the images back via email. I will sort through the thousands of photos to select the most breathtaking images that capture 12:00 across the globe. My goal is to open people's eyes and let them see that the world they see is not the only world that exists.
I currently have participants in Chile, Albania, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand, England, Oklahoma, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Spain, Italy, and the list is growing! We encourage you to participate in this project so it can grow as large as possible!
Risks and challenges
It will be challenging to find 500 people to send the cameras to, as well as get all the film back and develop it, but if all goes well, this will be a remarkable way to capture what the world looks like through so many people's eyes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Well, I have calculated that if I buy the cameras all at one time (pending successful funding completion) I can 200 cameras for around $550. The cost of shipping will vary depending on where I need to ship the camera to, and then I need to pay for the return shipping. I have estimated about a $15 cost for each person in edition to the $550 for the 200 cameras. If the project gets funded, I will start with 200 participants at an estimated cost break of $3550. That cost only covers the shipment and purchase of the cameras. It doesn't take into consideration the post-production and editing that will go on after the I receive the cameras from the participants. This project is an expensive project and that is why I am so grateful Kickstarter has backed me in helping me get this project out there in the world.
It's easy! Just pledge a minimum of $10 and select the reward "A disposable camera so you can partake in the project!" Message me with your mailing address and once the project hits $500, I will be sending out the first batch of cameras. The second batch will be sent went the rest of the funding is finished. If all of the disposable camera rewards are taken, please message me to see if there is still room for more participants in the project. Thanks!
Simple question. Complex answer. The result of the project will totally depend on what I receive back from the participants in the project. Originally this was going to be a strictly analog project, but I have now allowed people with digital cameras to participate which creates a new dynamic to the project. There will most definitely be a photo book made from the best photos from the project, as well as a paperback book outlining the project. I am also hoping to put together a short documentary if I can gather enough material. It all depends on what I wind up with in the end!
Many people have asked why I have chosen to use disposable cameras instead of going with digital images. I have many answers for this, but my answer has also changed since the project starter. In the beginning of the project I really wanted to be able to get cameras to people who would never have the opportunity to probably ever take a picture. I also wanted the opportunity to receive the negatives from the cameras so I could do some post production after I received the cameras back. This is why I originally decided to go with disposable cameras, I thought it was more personal. Since the project started however I have gotten requests from people who would like to participate in the project but they would like to use a digital camera. I have no objections to that, however my primary focus is on the disposable cameras.
"In the project description you said you are trying to get the cameras in the hands of children and teenagers. Does that then exclude us 40-somethings who may be interested? I love your project concept but don't want to violate the integrity of it."
Absolutely not! Although my largest target is children, my hopes is to get as wide of a demographic as possible for this project, so no, there is no age limit.
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