Have you ever taken a picture of your food? What about yourself with your pet? Then did you post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? In the 19th century people wrote letters, in the 20th century one would make a phone call—but here in the 21st century, letting people know what’s going on in your life only takes a couple taps on a phone and suddenly others can be part of your daily routine. It’s this trend that sparked the idea that Western’s photography club has chosen to expand upon in their project.
Today at noon, the Western Photography Club will be handing out 50 disposable cameras in the University Community Centre. Their goal is simple—to see Western through the eyes of its students.
“This project is unique in that it’s employing campus-wide involvement of the student body,” says Sonam Maghera, president of the Western Photography Club. “It’s a project related to photography. However, it brings together the involvement of the campus community.”
Inspired by a similar project implemented at a private college in New York, the pictures will be put together in a collage of student life. Western Photography Club is hoping students who are handed the camera will take a picture of what they’re doing on campus and then pass it along to someone else. When the camera is full, the photography club is asking that the cameras be returned to the location indicated on the disposable camera itself.
The 50 cameras being distributed may seem a bit excessive, but the photography club wants to complete the project on a grand scale, gathering a lot of pictures and getting as many students involved as possible from a number of years and faculties.
Maghera hopes the project’s final product will be a view of Western that has yet to be seen.
“The goal of this project is to increase the publicity of not only the school, but also the photography club,” Maghera says.
Seeing Western from so many varying perspectives is an exciting undertaking and Maghera believes it has the potential to connect the school through the art of photography.
So if somebody hands you a disposable camera today, don’t scoff at the inability to get fifteen ‘likes.’ Instead, remember that this picture will be compiled with many others to create a snapshot unlike any other—a day in the life of a Western student.