April 7, 2008
Grandview Lanes, 2195 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
May 21, 2008
Returned in 44 Days
April 10, 2008 5:33 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
From the blog:
I’m in a bowling league, and I’ve been thinking for a while that it would be a good place to put a camera – I just never had the right opportunity. Until now. On Monday, we stayed for to roll some extra balls after the league bowling finished at the Grandview Lanes. Shortly thereafter, the place was packed with hipsters, rolling their way to strikes. I thought that it would be now or never. It seemed like there would be a good chance that whoever found it would partake – hipsters are always into taking part in freaky-deaky projects.
I just needed a spot that would allow me to place a camera without anyone seeing it, plus be somewhere that people would go, and it would be obvious. The bathroom! I went and put it near the urinal in the men’s room – dudes severely outnumbered the ladies, and many of the ladies that were there were just getting ready to leave.
A few minutes later, I saw an excited bowler showing the package to his friends. Mission Accomplished.
May 22, 2008 6:46 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
Another camera returned! Woohoo!! Well, not really...
Back in April, I left Camera #94 at the Grandview Lanes in Vancouver. A few days ago, this comment was left on that blog post:
Lame. I thought this was supposed to be anonymous. I had so many great ideas too… oh well, I’ll send it back blank and hopefully the next person won’t come here to read that they are being watched.
As it happened, I was bowling in the Lanes, and happened to see the person who found it. I wasn't spying or anything – it's just one of those things that happens when you're in the same room.
Then, the person who found the camera came to the website and read on the above blog post, "A few minutes later, I saw an excited bowler showing the package to his friends," was offended by this, and decided to make a statement by sending the camera back unused.
It's interesting the reactions that people have to the project, and what can make them decide to not participate. It's too bad that this one felt so strongly about it that he no longer wanted to partake.
This marks the second blank camera I've received, on top of the empty envelope, and the smashed camera.
May 29, 2008 4:04 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
What makes this project cool is the fact that it's anonymous. In fact if it weren't anonymous, it simply wouldn't work.
I was not offended in any way and I completely support your project. Yes, I was disappointed when I read that I would be "known" to be the person who did was I was planning to shoot. And I guess I shouldn't have hoped too much that you would appreciate my adherence to the idea behind this project by letting someone else take part with camera 94.
I insist that my initial reaction was genuinely excited and thoughtful. All the best.
May 29, 2008 4:27 pm PDT - by Mr. Anonymous
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Fairview Historical Marker, Highway 50 - The Loneliest Road
Returned September 27, 2007
Black Rock Desert, Nevada