Disposable Scenes

I spent the past two years, from September 2014 to September 2016, carrying Fujifilm disposable cameras around, experimenting with the fun, lo-fi cameras to capture my surroundings in a different view than modern DSLRs and camera phones offer.

The images in this photo essay – 27, corresponding to a 27-exposure roll of film – have a special meaning for me because they represent a feeling or a memory I had while pressing the shutter.

In many cases, I attempted to use composition to reflect the mood I wanted that particular image to convey – see “Twilight On Leap Day” and “Eminent Domain,” for example.

More info and technical specs after the photos.

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Santa Ana | April 2015
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Spring at the Fullerton Arboretum | March 2016
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Morro Bay | July 2016
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Getty Villa | November 2015
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Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
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Twilight on Leap Day | Placentia, February 2016
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Eminent Domain | Yorba Linda, January 2016
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Los Angeles City Hall | July 2016
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Santa Ana | April 2015
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ARTIC | July 2015
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Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
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Summer in Yosemite | July 2015
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Bros | Fullerton, August 2015
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Brea | September 2014
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Santa Ana | October 2014
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Santa Ana | April 2015
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Brea | October 2014
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Yorba Linda | March 2016
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Matthew and Reggie | September 2016
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iPhone 6 launch | Brea, September 2014
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Morro Bay | July 2016
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Montana de Oro | July 2016
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Cayucos | July 2016
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Near Morro Bay | July 2016
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Yorba Linda | March 2015
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On The Road | July 2016
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Twilight | Yorba Linda, October 2014
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Fujifilm QuickSnap ISO 400 disposable camera. Photo taken with my iPhone.

This has been a meaningful project to me for many reasons, one being that simply using the retro cameras has refreshed my views on patience and photography.

The fixed focal length, the limiting quality of the camera, and the month- or two-long gap between taking the picture and receiving the print all contribute to the joy I feel when I get a fresh roll back. I have marveled at the classic film look and mood some of the pictures came back with.

I took about 10 rolls of film, or 270 pictures, during the course of this project. (While I have not counted, this is in comparison to the probably more than 20,000 pictures I took with my digital cameras in that time.)

The film was taken to CVS Photo, who sends them to a processing center. Most times they were printed on Kodak XtraLife II paper, with an accompanying CD with scans given. While I have not tried other film labs, I am impressed with the quality and look these prints have had.

Here is a comparison of images taken with my Panasonic GH4 camera and Panasonic 14mm lens (left image) and a disposable camera.

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Photos by Tim Worden, copyright 2014-2016, with the exception of “On the Road,” by Daniel Worden, 2016.

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