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Camera #69

June 9, 2007
(On the sidewalk, against a tree) outside Corporal John A Seravalli Playground - Hudson Street (at Horatio Street)
New York City, New York

June 19, 2007
Returned in 10 Days

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July 22, 2007 3:52 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
Usually, when I open up my Anonymous Photo Project mail box, there's just junk mail, and, occassionally, there's an envelope with a camera in it. It's always exciting whenever there is one. Whenever there is a camera, I immediately head over to get the camera processed so that I can see the pics as soon as possible.

I learned my lesson with Camera #19, which was returned blank. So, now, whenever I get a camera, I open it up and check to make sure that pictures have been taken on it.

Well, I was a little taken aback when I opened it up, and found that the camera had been smashed. When telling people this, they often say that it's a shame that the postal system would result in a broken camera, to which I respond that it's obvious that it was done before being sent.

For one, no pictures were taken. And, the damage is too extensive to have resulted from being dropped in the sorting room, or something heavy being dropped on it.

There are several scratches on both sides, and it has been crashed and shattered in a very destructive fashion.

I have 3 theories about what could have happened.

Theory #1: The person who found the package was upset at finding an package in post-9/11 New York City and reacted violently, even thought it's obviously not a bomb, as the packages are always in clear plastic present bags so that there is no mystery as to what's inside.

Theory #2: Whomever found it hates Canadians.

Theory #3: They thought it would be hilarious to destroy the camera and send it back - kind of like the group of reactionary art students who destroyed Man Ray's "Object to Be Destroyed."

September 4, 2007 2:36 pm PDT - by Rodney
I think this camera has been discovered by an angry iconoclast.

September 4, 2007 3:30 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
Or a reactionary art student.

March 16, 2008 10:54 pm PDT - by Gillgannon
Broken in Playground

March 31, 2008 8:06 pm PDT - by Anonymous
Very strong nose-picking/shutter finger.

October 26, 2008 10:24 pm PDT - by 5anche5
bmx-er accidentally ran over it?

November 30, 2008 12:15 pm PST - by Anonymous
"very strong nose-picking/shutter finger."


February 23, 2009 5:16 pm PST - by bobzilla
tho dissappointing for potatial the photo of the broken camera invokes many emotions so i suppose it,s art in that fact anyways such destruction without reason is sadly to common.

February 7, 2012 1:30 pm PST - by coral
that sucks. mainly bc the random photo ops around there are endless.

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