The disposable crisis project

A creative charity project by Indra Moonen

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About the disposable crisis project

Posted on January 4, 2012 | 4 Comment(s)

The media’s most used words in the past year have to be “the economical crisis”. I am very fortunate to live in the Netherlands where people really are pretty rich with roofs over their heads, food and a social security system, albeit the latter having been degraded over the last years. This makes me sincerely wondering about how this crisis has affected people all over the world. That’s why I have set up this project.

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In short the goal is to collect photographs from people everywhere depicting what the crisis means to them or how it has affected their lives. This does not necessarily have to be negative things. The result will be published in a book and sold. The money gathered by selling the book will go to the Fair Trade Organization.

I’m going to send disposable cameras to people all over the world. You can contact me when interested in participating via email info [at] disposablecrisisproject [dot] org.  First thing you have to do once you receive the camera is write a little note with your name, the location where the photos are taken and something else you might want to share. This will be used in the book. If you don’t want your name to be published, still write the note and mention this.

After you have written the note photograph it so that I know when I develop the film that the next photos on the film are yours. This is very important. I can not be held accountable for false information in the book if this step is forgotten.

When you have made the photos you want, try to keep it to a max. of 5 photos including the note, you can pass or send the camera to someone else you think is interested in participating in this project.

You’ll have to pay for the shipping cost yourself as I won’t have the means to do that for you. If this really is a problem please contact me, maybe we can work something out.

The film will reach an end and when it does please ship it back to me. The address will be included with the camera and the other information. If it got damaged or otherwise is no longer included please contact me. I’ll provide you with the information. I’ll take care of the developing, scanning and creating of the book.

Should it happen that you don’t know anyone to send or give the camera to and it’s not yet full, please ship the camera back to me. I can then give the camera another swirl.

On the other hand, if you wish to add more cameras into the mix because you might know a lot more people wanting to participate, feel free to do so! Also, if you give away cameras yourself, recollect them and ship them to me is allowed too. Just as long as the note-part is being implemented.

Obviously this project will cost money so I have set up a donation system where everyone who feels like supporting this project is free to donate some of his or hers precious money. I’ll keep a list with the names and donators so that everything will be traceable and open for everyone to check on. If you wish to remain an anonymous well-doer please mention this. The excess money donated will be going towards the Fair Trade Organization.

Not all of the images will get into the book. I will not be responsible for the images not ending up in the book. Depending on how many camera’s I get back I’ll have to make a selection. This selection is not up for debate.
However, ALL images will be published on this website and on our Facebook page.

Please be sincere when wanting to participate in this project. In order for the project to succeed I need the cameras back to process them and create that book. This is also what will make this a great project: by people for people!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me, preferably via email info [at] disposablecrisisproject [dot] org or via the contact form.

You can download the guiding letter over here that goes with the camera:
The Disposable Crisis Project

The return address for the camera is:
Foto Rembrandt
T.a.v. The Disposable Crisis Project
Grote Staat 46
6211 CX Maastricht
The Netherlands 

Best regards,

Indra Moonen

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airsquadron | January 17, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply

wow, this is really interesting.

Christina Phillips | January 25, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply

What a fascinating idea. I am very interested and have friends I can think of who take great photographs that live around here. It is interesting that in a place like this we have a small economy at the best of times so that recessions don’t hit as hard as in other places. I can’t wait, sinding you email now.

FABIO ANDRES DIAZ | January 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply

Hi I am clearly interested on the project! I am living at Colombia right now, but I have a question. Is it necessary to have a disposable camera? I mean I could use my camera and send my pictures (reducing therefore emissions and costs for the project)

The Disposable Crisis Project | January 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply

Hi Fabio,

I sent you an email!!


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