Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 09 @ 9:15pm
in the interest of making my life more difficult, i began a thoroughly complicated project:

1) went to a thrift store, searched through the box of mostly poor quality or broken point and shoot cameras. found one with a partial roll of film in it and fortunately, a self timer.

2) went back through the box of mostly poor quality or broken point and shoot cameras to find a camera that had a working photo battery to put into the camera that had the film.

3) found the amazing painting of two dogs*. set the camera on a shelf, took the self timer-activated photo.

4) bought the camera, not knowing if the film was any good or the camera had not been opened and the film exposed**. according to the frame counter, 6 photos had already been taken, and i took two more. i rewound the film, removed it, managed to pull out the film leader from inside the canister, reinserted the film into another camera. i forwarded roughly 9 frames, finished the roll.

5) took the film in for developing. it was E-6 slide film, so i had it cross-processed.

6) picked up the developed & scanned film. film was good, first 5 photos were an anonymous family at an Oakland A's baseball game. the next two were the photos i took in the thrift store, holding the dog painting. the frames were overlapped and double exposed, and the frame registration was off. this is one of those photos. the other photo had massive light leaks. more to come from this roll later in the week.

* i almost bought the dog painting, but in the end i passed on it.

** i attempted this project twice. i shot a whole roll from another roll of found film. it all came out blank. many hours were wasted, and frustration ensued.


zackle says:
I didn't even read all that yet, but bless you.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:15pm -
Chally says:
this shot was worth the wait! Insta-fav. good to see you hale
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:16pm -
zackle says:
Okay, I read it all. Bonus points for you, sir.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:17pm -
Noelix says:
Turned out great. I was looking into getting a toy camera earlier today but the one I ended up being convinced to get was 110 film which they don't make anymore.

Do you develop the film yourself?
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:18pm -
KimJongIllness says:
Well done! I have a broken goodwill camera as well! The back won't stay closed. I have a rubber band holding it shut... unless I feel like leaking a bit ;) Can't wait to see more!
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:18pm -
stanislaw says:
thats a really really really cool story. for real.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:19pm -
stanislaw says:
ps, faved because of it.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:19pm -
joebeard says:
i once went to an A's game with my in-laws.... much frustration ensued.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:19pm -
mackle says:
you are the greatest of the great. and i mean that in complete seriousness. you have chosen to undertake a task for whiskerino that is insanely impressive.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:20pm -
Ryan! says:
You should definitely go back for that painting.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:20pm -
Grower&Shower says:
What's better than a kick-ass pic? A great story to go with it!
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:22pm -
ben says:
absolutely amazing...hard work paid off. seriously in awe
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:26pm -
Matthew_Moore says:
I'm especially excited to see your beard in a month or so.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:30pm -
Ace says:
i found a bag filled with pieces from a camera today at a thrift store (ie. shutter release cable, some telephoto lens and assorted filters, instruction booklet, etc) everything in it would make a cool set except for the actual camera. my goal is to find this camera, hopefully on the goodwill website or ebay if it comes to that, and take a photo with said camera in a lame attempt to be as cool as you ryan hale.

but as we all know, that can never really happen. but i can at least try. :)
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:31pm -
juanzo says:
agree with @mackle. this is why you are so awesome.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:31pm -
Terry Masters says:
Wow. Wow. I was just going to take a picture of myself sitting on the toilet reading a Judy Blume book but after seeing this, I guess I need to try a little harder.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:34pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
this is amazing! I don't know how many times I've thought of doing this at thrift stores and never following through. King'd and fave'd
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:44pm -
mike says:
I dig it.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:49pm -
os mutante says:
Did you pay for that film? Thief.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 9:58pm -
Gavin says:
hale. you are my hero
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 10:32pm -
Lingenfizzle says:
Fantastic, mate. That's dedication.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 11:06pm -
western dave says:
you'd think those dogs would cheer you up. but the look on your face doesn't look so cheery.
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 11:15pm -
Mason Bernard says:
pretty good for someone with a red beard .
Posted: Nov 9th, 2009 - 11:44pm -
Ned Kelly says:
how excellent! are you going to regret passing on the painting?
-- well spotted! - it was a flower near my foot also theres another on the left level with my elbow, i thought they were dodgy pixels at first.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 12:07am -
hope says:
wow. you are seriously awesome. I cant believe you passed on the dog painting though... at least you have a photo of it for posterity
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 12:26am -
revgoomba says:
This is such a great story! Love the photo too... what amazing colours.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 1:22am -
sariebell says:
I like your concept, your photo, and those dogs. Have you thought about doing the same proj, but double exposing (I think that's the word - rewinding the film that has been shot and shooting atop it) it to get your pic on top of the previous owner's pic? I love the idea of unknown/unwitting participants in art and I'd love to see that added to your already layered process. Kuddos!
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 2:18am -
wondermade says:
This is a remarkable image born of a remarkable vision.
My wife: "Whoa that doesn't even look like him."
There you have it.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 3:56am -
tedford says:
This is simply amazing. Very much admire the dedication and time. So worth it for the end result.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 4:12am -
mOtke says:
I love this story as much or more than I love the shot. And I love the shot.

I also get a lot of Butternut Squash in my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and we cube it and then roast it or steam it and eat it in a variety of dishes. I think you would enjoy it, unless you don't like squash. The you probably wouldn't.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 5:13am -
alijoon says:
i can finally see you.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 5:38am -
alijoon says:
also, i left this comment before i read yours on mine. neat.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 5:40am -
jnonfiction says:
I cannot read all these comments. Who writes these comments anyway?

Nice green picture.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 5:42am -
Pip says:
We're just growing beards; you're making art.

Thank you.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 6:03am -
Scrivener says:
Will you marry me? I mean, I thought I loved you before, but I'm finding new depths of love.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 6:46am -
Corey says:
This is a new level of excellent, Ryan - know that there is no coming back from this journey.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 6:59am -
W E L L S says:
This is 3 shades of awesome.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 7:29am -
Fofe says:
this is a great photo by itself, the colors and composition are striking...but to hear how it came to be makes it that much better!
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 7:40am -
hale. says:
thanks everyone.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 7:44am -
XscatteredshowersX says:
truly wondrous TRUTH! keep it rolling
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 8:12am -
Paragone says:
great work Ryan. It paid off.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 9:24am -
Vanbert says:
Very cool. Lucky that something so awesome turned out. Why didn't you keep the painting?
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 9:26am -
mattyc says:
crazy cool shot though.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 10:19am -
Le Duncan says:
This is great. So much effort, and it paid off.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 10:20am -
miguelito says:
you trip me out, dawg(s)!
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 10:34am -
falfa says:
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 11:35am -
Dschonn says:
This is incredible.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 1:42pm -
Poe says:
this might be my all time favorite whiskerino photo. thank you.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 2:11pm -
BURNEY says:
this is glorious. I hope you bought or framed that.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 2:24pm -
JamesC says:
i don't buy it, personally. i think you're lying about it all.
Posted: Nov 10th, 2009 - 3:25pm -
elclinto says:
You're like a real life Wall•E.
Posted: Nov 15th, 2009 - 7:24pm -
deebo says:
worth it
Posted: Nov 22nd, 2009 - 8:40pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.