Two Cameras left on New York City Benches

Joanna left two disposable cameras on park benches–one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. She was curious to see what would happen! Would they be stolen? Would people take rude photos? Her intern Matt left a note saying: “Good afternoon! I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.”

That night, when he returned to the scene, both cameras were there, and the rolls of film had been shot. Below are two of them. See all of them here. Love!


14 Comments leave a comment below

  1. This is just a blatant rip off of other people’s ideas.

  2. Simpsons did it.

  3. Even if it is a rip off, it is still such a sweet thing to do. I might worry about the rude pictures too.

  4. the idea IS credited, jacinta. did you not see the credit? it is there if you read the post!

  5. Actually I think this idea originated in a tv commercial for Kodak. At least, I definitely saw it on tv pre-1999 because in 1999 I tried the same thing at school and I was totally stealing from the tv ad.

    Regardless of all that, the project turned out wonderful. New Yorkers are much happier helpers than Atlantans.

  6. i did this last summer – got idea from a petunia face in california who got the idea from the plug in atlanta – never got around to posting the experiment – but will do it this weekend – we got rude and fun photos

  7. Ha! People just can’t stop themselves when it comes to temporarily abandon cameras. It’s the joy of knowing that they will not discover your funny additions until later.

  8. fantastic idea! thanks for sharing that find!

  9. One of the many reasons why I love New York City.

    I can’t wait to be able to move back.

  10. Nice pet and sweet squirrel