The disposable crisis project

A creative charity project by Indra Moonen

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Disposable Crisis Project & Zuid Magazine - the Sequel

Posted on November 14, 2013

Zuid Magazine interviewed us last year regarding this project. Here’s the pdf to this first article:

As we're working on the book which is really getting in a good shape for the printing presses they decided to come back to us and make a sequel, right before the book comes out. We’d like to share that with you :-) Sorry, Dutch only, don’t have the time to translate it. Life is busy enough as it is and the book needs to be finished! We're really excited about it as it’s going to be great.

We're also still looking for people willing to support this project through a small (or big :-) ) donation so that I can pay for the printing of the book. Please feel free to contact me. The book is planned for the end of this year. Should it get too hectic, January 2014.


Once again, thanks to all the people who have made this real!

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Translation Piece "Het belang van Limburg"

Posted on June 20, 2013

Bart Lindeman was so kind as to translate the piece about the project published in "Het belang van Limburg" last year. Now everyone will be able to ready it, almost everyone then ;-)

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Cameras 36, 47, 52, 60, 92, 104, 162, 163, 171 & 172 Have been Added!

Posted on June 17, 2013

We finally came around to scanning all the films that have been eagerly waiting for us to find a little time for them. Under "Returned Footage" you can check them out yourself.

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One Year Anniversary!

Posted on January 4, 2013

Yesterday, the 3rd of January, it was exactly one year ago I started this project. So much has happened! Time has certainly not stood still; many cameras went out to meet participants and quite some made its way back to me (still more needed tho!).

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Camera No.27, 29 and 88 have been returned!

Posted on October 29, 2012

So happy!! They are all in the process of being developed right now so looking forward to the results!

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New Folder

Posted on October 13, 2012

We have been working on a folder to gather some more sponsors for this project. It's nearly finished and I'll soon post a teaser ;-)

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Some more cameras have returned home!

Posted on September 4, 2012

Camera #30, #57 and #152 returned home, have been processed and scanned. The website has been updated with these new images. They are absolutely worth a look! Countries represented by these are Aruba, Austria and Canada.

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Small Update

Posted on August 14, 2012

Just to let everyone know we're not sleeping (no of course we're not!). I've been in contact with another printing company for the book. Now waiting to see what they can offer and the specific details. First talk was really nice though. Good to see there are still small companies who actually love their clients and love what they do!

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Back this Project and Choose your Reward!

Posted on July 15, 2012

It is possible to make a donation to help supporting this project. The disposable cameras, the shipping cost and their development along with the making of the book will cost a lot of money so it would be great if you all would be able to donate some of your precious money and make this project happen!

You can now choose in which way you'd like to be rewarded for your donations. You can choose for:

a: Eternal Gratefulness starting from €1,-
b: Eternal Gratefulness, a postcard of one of the entered images and your name on the Sponsor Page in the book and website starting from €50,-
c: Eternal Gratefulness, a postcard, you name on the Sponsor Page AND a free copy of The Book starting from €100,- 

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New Sponsor!!

Posted on July 10, 2012

I'm most happy to say our project was able to welcome a new sponsor today: Pinky, the candy store in Maastricht (with the best waffels!) will support this project. A big thank you!

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Returned Footage

Posted on July 7, 2012

Yes yes. The time has come to show some of that footage! I received two cameras back already (yes already, they're traveling all over the world so it'll take awhile for them to travel all the way back ;-) ) and a couple of images made by people using their own cameras, some digital, some made on real film.

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Interview on Radio 1 "Nog steeds wakker"

Posted on June 6, 2012

Yesterday I got a phone call from Radio 1, this is a national radio station, who wanted to do a short interview with me about the project. Of course I said yes!

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The first camera has been returned #91

Posted on May 5, 2012

WoOt!!!!! The first camera has found its way back to me from Belgium, camera No. 91! I am more than excited and will have this camera developed asap!

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Dear Potential Sponsors..beware..we have a new Bank Account!

Posted on April 19, 2012

Finally, the procedure at the bank fell through and from today the project has its own, genuine bank account. The former one was listed on my private name, a separate one but still private. Now it's all "officaller".

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Posted on April 16, 2012

I'm happy to announce that over half of the total of planned cameras have been shipped to people all over the world!

On top of that there are numerous cameras out there donated by people that wanted to join this project and that way helped me save money on shipping etc.

I would like to thank everyone that helped in any way so far! The responses from people all over the world really made this journey worth it already. I'm looking forward to what else will come on our path and seeing this book come through (true it WILL be ;-))

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Posted on April 5, 2012

About two weeks ago I received a phone call from a student from Hoge School Zuyd. She told me about a school project she was part of, Honours Programme Zuyd, with some other students initiated by their school where they would leave for two weeks to China.

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A brief update

Posted on March 30, 2012

Almost everything (official) has been taken care of. A new bank account is on the way, although that turned out to be more difficult than expected due to new security reasons. 

I'm still waiting for the ANBI-status to arrive from the IRS. I hope to get this really soon so I can ask companies to donate. Quite a few stood up already willing to donate but I need this status in order to proceed.

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Posted on March 16, 2012 | 2 Comment(s)

As from today a hundred-and-ten cameras have been shipped all over the place! It's been quite the challenge finding all those people to join but it's going really well I have to say!

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MoetMoet Dutch Letterpress - Business Cards

Posted on March 14, 2012 | 1 Comment(s)

Youri Pender from MoetMoet Dutch Letterpress was so kind as to offer us selfmade business cards to spread this project to places all over the place. Of course we agreed and now we have this wonderful really pretty cards! The process which he used to make these cards (a real authentic letterpress from around 1850 if I'm not mistaken) is worth showing so check out this cool post!

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We are officially a Foundation!!

Posted on March 14, 2012

As of yesterday we are officially a foundation! This makes me very happy as donations from companies will be much more rewarding for the company as their donations will be tax-refundable.

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Foundation coming Closer

Posted on March 9, 2012

This Tuesday I will sign the official papers at the notaris' office which will turn this project officially into a foundation!

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From Project to Foundation

Posted on February 19, 2012

As I'm trying to attract sponsors to support this project financially I ran into the obvious question whether it's possible making an official receipt. This turned out to be quite difficult unless I were to start a foundation.

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Germany & Scotland & USA

Posted on February 15, 2012

And more cameras have and will be shipped! 

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Posted on February 15, 2012

Deadlines, every project needs one right?!

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New Website I New Email !!!

Posted on February 14, 2012

Since today (actually yesterday but really today) our new website is in the air!

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LOTS LOTS LOTS of Disposables

Posted on February 9, 2012 | 1 Comment(s)

The last couple of days have been utter mad! I’ve shipped over 30 cameras in the last three days (including tomorrow :) ). That’s a rate I’m really happy about! But it’s been eating away all of my spare time and I have to do a lot of more things so that’s why I haven’t been posting much the last couple of days.

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Canada & Some More

Posted on February 7, 2012

Another camera has left the building, this time to Canada! I haven’t posted in a coupe of days but this doesn’t mean nothing has happened. There just has been too little time to brag about it ;)

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Our New Logo

Posted on February 1, 2012

Miguel Essers from iocommunicatie has designed a new logo for the project and it’s wonderful! Very colorful because the project would like to contribute something positive to this crisis. I hope you like it too!

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Posted on January 30, 2012

Today I have packed 8 cameras that will travel to Indonesia via someone in Leiden. She’ll take them with her to Indonesia, spread them throughout the population and bring them back to the Netherlands again.

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India & France & Slovenia

Posted on January 26, 2012

I just packed three cameras, one leaving for India, one for Slovenia and one for France, ready to be shipped tomorrow!

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Another Sponsor!

Posted on January 23, 2012

I am happy to announce that today another sponsor has stepped forward in the name of Simply Chocolate. Not only do they have great chocolate but they use Fair Trade products to make them!

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Posted on January 20, 2012

In my search for sponsors I’ve had quite a bit of luck so far. And today Transcontinenta, a Dutch distributor of Gitzo, Lexar, Leica, Tamron etc. said that they wanted to support the project by donating €100,- ! They also searched for disposable cameras that could fit through a mailbox but didn’t find any but this makes me happy too! Comes in handy when paying all those shipping cost:)

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The Book

Posted on January 18, 2012

I just came home from a nice chat I had with Miguel Essers from io communicatie. He offered to help out with the construction of the book and since I don’t have any experience whatsoever making such a thing I gladly accepted this.

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More and more countries being added!

Posted on January 17, 2012 | 2 Comment(s)

The project is growing steadily and I’m really happy with that! Today it’s officially two weeks ago I launched this project .:)

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The Charity has been Picked!

Posted on January 16, 2012

After reading some comments on this project on Flickr I realized that some people felt it was weird there was no charity picked out yet. As I explained on this website this was due to a couple of reasons.

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Peru, Belgium and Canada

Posted on January 14, 2012

I’ve just prepared some cameras to go to different countries. Belgium is one of them, but also Canada and Peru.

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Some more developments

Posted on January 13, 2012

I have someone who donated 2 disposable cameras, including developing, digitalizing and shipping back to me, who will ship them around Australia / New Zealand. To anyone who wants to be part of those cameras thus save on shipping cost let me know and I’ll get you in contact so you can exchange details.

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Disposable Crisis & Java Village

Posted on January 12, 2012

On account of the recent news article in NRC I received an email this morning from a woman working for Stichting Java Village, a charity which supports villagers in West Java in their efforts to build a brighter future for their community.

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Disposable Crisis Project in NRC Newspaper!!

Posted on January 11, 2012 | 2 Comment(s)

In today’s NRC there’s a piece about the Disposable Crisis Project which is extremely cool! Thank you, NRC!

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Film Photography Project: "Awesome Film Projects Kick Off 2012!"

Posted on January 10, 2012

You can view the piece here in a larger format so you can actually read it or visit their website for the “real-live” version!

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We’re getting some Exposure!!

Posted on January 9, 2012

Film Photography Project was interested in this project so they contacted me if they could publish it on their site. Sure! We exchanged some emails and somewhere this week the project should show up on their website. Of course, when it does it’ll be shown here. Thank you!

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Which Charity?

Posted on January 7, 2012 | 2 Comment(s)

I’m having trouble to decide which charity the funds will go to so I thought it would be great asking you!

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Some more good news

Posted on January 6, 2012

Norman Post has donated 20 cameras for the project and that makes me very happy! James Davies is donating / using cameras as well so thank you both!

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Posted on January 5, 2012 | 2 Comment(s)

Today I have tried to find disposable cameras. The criteria I’d like to have met are cheap but good cameras with flash and they have to fit through a mailbox opening so they shouldn’t be thicker than 3 cm.

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Good News!!

Posted on January 4, 2012

First good news: Paypal has verified my account and donations can now be made! I’ve created 2 links to do this. One is in the side bar and one is via the page “Donations” in the top bar. I hope you’re willing / able to help this project because on my own this will be hard :-)

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Setting up a new project

Posted on January 3, 2012

I’m currently in the process of setting up this new project. Not sure when I’ll take this online. Want it to be a little bit more concrete before publishing.

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Online good to go!

Posted on January 3, 2012 | 2 Comment(s)

I decided to go online with this already. An evening of work does wonders and I realize I can’t wait with this too long or the crisis will have passed and people’s minds will have gone elsewhere.

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"Su Questo Progetto" - Traduzione in Italiano

Posted on January 3, 2012

The Disposable Crisis Project


Benvenuto e mille grazie per la partecipazione a questo progetto!


La crisi economica è una delle parole più sentite degli ultimi anni.

Mi ritengo molto fortunata di poter vivere nei Paesi Bassi e di non dover realmente risentire di questa crisi, ad esempio potendo contare su un impiego sicuro.

Allo stesso tempo questa mia posizione privilegiata mi ha reso curiosa di come la suddetta crisi abbia influenzato persone in altri paesi.

Per condividere la loro visione della crisi ho deciso di iniziare questo progetto.

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"Über Dieses Projekt" - Übersetzung ins Deutsche

Posted on January 3, 2012

Das Wegwerf-Krisen-Projekt
Ein kreatives Charity-Projekt von Indra Moonen 

Über das Wegwerf-Krisen-Projekt
Mache Bilder mit einer Botschaft und teile deine Sichtweise 

Eines der in den Medien am häufigsten verwendeten Wörter des vergangenen Jahres ist „Wirtschaftskrise“. Ich bin sehr glücklich, in den Niederlanden zu leben, wo Leute relativ reich sind und ein Dach über dem Kopf, Essen und ein System der sozialen Sicherheit haben, wenngleich das Letztere in den letzten Jahren abgenommen hat. Deshalb frage ich mich ernsthaft, wie diese Krise Menschen auf der ganzen Welt beeinflusst hat. Und darum habe ich dieses Projekt angefangen.

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Sur ce Projet - Traduction en Franšais

Posted on January 3, 2012

Les mots les plus utilisés dans les médias doivent être « la crise économique ». Je suis heureuse de vivre aux Pays-Bas, où les personnes sont assez riches, ont une maison, de la nourriture et un système de sécurité sociale, bien que ce dernier soit dégradé au cours des dernières années. C’est pourquoi que je me demande sincèrement comment la crise a affecté les personnes partout dans le monde. C’est pour cela que j’ai commencé ce projet. 

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