The Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project


Not only did I have a fantastic time taking photos around the city, I saw things I had not noticed before and I found areas to explore that I did not know were there.”

”CBSDCP is a lovely exercise in renouncing control over the creative process. It’s such a joy to be given the opportunity to remember that we don’t need to be so purposeful in everything we do.
— Participants in the 2014 Disposable Camera Project

Project Description: The Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project
October 2013, December 2013, October 2014

The Disposable Camera Project is a Melbourne-wide participatory photography project in which participants spend 24 hours photographing their city with a disposable camera and Colour Box Studio exhibits all photos in a large-scale exhibition.

The 2014 edition of the project attracted over 100 participants who generated 3,000+ images, all of which were displayed in a two-week exhibition at Ruffian Gallery in West Footscray.  The exhibition also included a display of feature images specially curated by Colour Box Studio and Ruffian Gallery, as well as professional judging, a People’s Choice Award, and prizes. Participants photographed a diverse range of subject matter, including abstract urban landscapes, trips to local beaches, animal portraits and more.

The Disposable Camera Project provides a non-intimidating access point to photography, allows its participants to get lost in the unexpected beauty of the world around them, and reveals their capacity for creativity.


My role: Creator / Project Coordinator


I initiated and coordinated three editions of the Disposable Camera Project, managing everything from a Pozible campaign (which raised 250% of its target), marketing, sourcing materials and sponsors, and recruiting and managing volunteers and 100+ participants, to publication of the CBSDCP: 2013 Photobook and event management of an exhibition launch which had over 300 attendees.


Media / Links

Weekend Notes - August, 2014

Disposable Camera Project - Gemma-Rose Turnbull, Photography as a Social Practice, 9 October 2014

Frankie Magazine (online) - 17 August, 2014

Melbourne's Disposable Camera Project - BradAbroad, 18 September, 2014

CBSDCP: 2013 Photobook in the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive - Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, 1 November 2014


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I thoroughly enjoyed my experience within the CBSDCP. It allowed me an excuse to adventure with my friends to new places and see those experiences shared with the Melbourne community.”

”Probably the only opportunity ever to have my work in an exhibition!”

”I loved feeling like I was part of a creative community and being able to see everyone’s work come together.
— Participants in the 2014 Disposable Camera Project



Images of Colour Box Studio Disposable Camera Project exhibition launch courtesy of Amie Batalibasi.