The Disposable
Camera Connection

Seeking connection amidst a pandemic
The Disposable Camera Connection brings everyone in our cohort closer together during these unusual times of isolation. Normally, the portrait team would take photos of everyone for the show. This year it looked a little different. The portrait team coordinated the delivery of nearly 60 disposable cameras across the country and back, while each student took their own photos. What started as a solution to take portraits for the website became a documentation of our unique (to say the least) last months of school. Through the plastic lens of the disposable camera we offer an unfiltered view into who we are as soon-to-be graduates in these unprecedented times.
How it Worked
Each student was mailed a disposable camera, along with a shot list containing a series of prompts and portrait styles to help guide the photo taking process. Once all their photos were shot, the students either mailed or dropped off their cameras at the lab in Seattle to be developed. Grouped by prompt rather than by person, the results show the ways in which our experiences are similar, despite being physically apart.
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1. Your Work Space
Without the studios or the ability to work in cafes, we all have been forced to make do, spending most of our days working from home. For some this means working from bed, others have a fancy desk setup, and a few are lucky enough to work from their scenic back yards.
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2. A View
With each of us being in different places comes unique views, perspectives, and surroundings. It is important to take a moment to notice and appreciate these views.
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3. A Part of Your Routine
Life can be pretty mundane in quarantine. Without some structure or a place you need to be, it can be easy to go a little stir crazy. But most of us have a few little things that help us keep going and get through the day.
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4. Something That Represents Comfort
With each of us being in different places comes unique views, perspectives, and surroundings. It is important to take a moment to notice and appreciate these views.
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5. Good Design
As our last year of design school comes to a close, it only seemed fair to ask the age old question: “What is good design?”
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6. A Gift From Nature
Parks, plants, flowers, and even pets. Nature is what grounds us, so why not celebrate it.
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7. Create a Still Life
The perfect challenge for a bored design student. Color, light, form, and texture are the tools for creating a captivating composition.