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Ode To My 2016 Disposable Camera

90s wtf photo | Disposable Cameras

You can take 50 photos on your iPhone in two seconds; so why spend a month of waiting and $20 on a few photos from a disposable camera?

It’s the inexplicable feeling you get when you arrive at the photo store. You give your name. The photo technician sifts through everyone’s photos and hands you a package. You act nonchalant, throw out a Thank you, and try to hold your composure when inside you’re dying to sprint outside and rip the package to pieces out of anxiety. When the moment comes, you open up the package, and you see the negatives of the film and the first photo card with all 27 exposures on it. If it’s anything like ours, a quarter of the photos are completely black, because you’re that bad of a photographer (hah). You flip it to the back so as to not spoil the surprise of all the photos you took over the past month or two.

You see the first photo and you smile. It’s unedited, unplanned and that’s what make it’s special. It was the moment and there are no re-dos.

To me, that’s how photography should be.

Exploring Thai Waterfalls | Disposable Camera

My Ukrainian AirBNB host toured me around the island of Phuket on his motorbike and we ended up at this waterfall…technically, I think we were trespassing?

Jo's morning wear | Disposable Camera

One of our last days in our apartment in Los Angeles. Still don’t know how those plants in the background survived throughout all of our absences. You can see a bit of our bicycles – our main mode of transportation in LA – magnets on our fridge from our travels, and all of the cheapest IKEA furniture, so we could spend our money on our travels.

San Francisco parents | Disposable Camera

So surprised this shot came out perfectly, especially after we asked the woman taking the shot if she could take another one on our DSLR to tweet out immediately. She agreed and angled the camera so it put us in the middle – blocking the entire Golden Gate bridge. At least we got this one! Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess?

Birthday in London | Disposable Cameras

I’m not a huge birthday celebrator, but I am big on celebrating my birthday in a different city every year (four years strong!). This year, I was lucky to have friends who like to travel and who happened to be in London on my birthday as well. It wasn’t all hunky-dory though; I spent the entire next day with the flu on the couch watching an intense British game show called Chaser. Oh, Britain.

Jo being a social media influencer | Disposable Cameras

Hot, sweaty, and most of all hungry – the summary of our time in Koh Samui, Thailand.
90s wtf photo | Disposable Cameras

We stayed one night in a treehouse in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. There was zero A/C, hence the shiny faces. You can see the mosquito netted beds, and our travel backpacks. Oh, life as a shiny 20-something.

Bangkok Attitude | Disposable Camera

This was the last photo we took on our trip around Thailand. For $25 each a night, we booked a bougie b!tch, luxury penthouse in Bangkok. We’re just waiting to develop to our underwater disposable to get the shots from the rooftop infinity pool. Again $25 is a pair of jeans, or not even.

Jo sleeping...again | Disposable Camera

Paris, France. Look at that beautiful, clean, white rug. Didn’t stay too white too long after we accidentally knocked over a to-go cup of McDonald’s coffee on it. La classe. Our AirBNB host, with whom we had got along with so well, left a cringey comment on our public profiles, “Cheery people, but it was a shame to find a stain on my carpet.” Yikes.

Our favorite vegetarian restaurant in Krabi, May and Mark's Cafe

We’ll admit it, we ate at the same restaurant four times in Krabi, Thailand. But we can back it up. You’d think that in Thailand, it’d be easy to find healthy vegetarian food, but most of the food you’ll find is either fried, or cooked with chicken or pork. Then a little place like May & Mark’s House comes along and you know you have to bulk up on your organic carrot juices and leafy Caesar salads before getting back to street food. My mouth is watering just thinking of that place.

London look | Disposable cameras

We left our apartment in Los Angeles, and took off for a trip for four months to London, Paris, Porto, Lisbon, Thailand, Barcelona, and Indiana. This was one of our first days in Bethnal Green, London. All I have to my name besides what’s sitting back in our Pico Boulevard storage space, is what’s here in this photo.

Exploring Land's End San Francisco | Disposable cameras

One $17 twelve-hour bus ride later and we were in San Francisco for the weekend. For some nature, you can take the public bus to Land’s End and hike around the coast-side trails. What says hiking better than a bandana tied around the neck and heavy ripped jeans?

San Francisco Painted Ladies Vintage | Disposable Cameras

A San Francisco “must do” – although if you’re not a dedicated Full House fan, you’ll probably just be there like…hm? We are dedicated Young & Hungry fans though, so shout out to SF for that.
@damonandjo taking over wat pho in bangkok

Bangkok is interesting – you have shiny mega malls with LCD billboards perched next to massive temples with big, golden Buddhas. If you’re looking for your wow moment in Bangkok, do what we did: spend hours roaming around the inter-connected malls – the MBK Center, Siam’s Center, and Siam Paragon – and then take a tuk tuk to one of Bangkok’s largest temples, Wat Pho.

We’ll use any brand of disposable cameras available, but we tend to buy these ones online because they’re the cheapest for a two pack. #BrokeTwentySomethings

Link | 2 Pack of Diposable Cameras


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  • nicolacash

    I loved this post!

  • If you’re into using disposables, look into shooting with a Minolta or Pentax camera. I got one at the beginning of the year and for me, it’s super therapautic.

    • I’ve been wanting to switch to a legit film camera, but wasn’t sure which to start using! Thanks!

      • No problem. Check out Canon AE1, my favorite! And easier interface for beginner manual film users.

        Good luck

  • Alana Vargas

    Lindas fotos! Amei a iniciativa de vocês, também quero tentar. Tiramos tantas fotos hoje em dia e raramente as vemos fora de uma tela de celular/computador/etc.
    Adoro quando vocês postam aqui no blog! 😊

    • Obrigado Alana! Quando não tem video de YouTube, é porque estávamos escrevendo um blog. 😊

  • Delphine Gintz

    C’est incroyable comment les photos ont tout de suite plus de caractère! Ça fait quelque temps que je me suis mise au Lomography, et on réapprend vraiment la valeur des photos quand on se rend compte qu’on les a en un seul exemplaire…ou qu’il a fallu toutes les payer hahaha Et c’est bête mais je n’avais pas pensé à retourner au bon vieil appareil photo jetable! Thanks for the great idea guys!!!

  • Jaky Taky

    I just bought one too

  • Madison Smith

    My phone actually broke in Rome so I bought a disposable camera to capture some of the moments on the rest of my Italian adventure, but I am nervous that the film is going to be ruined on my flight back the US… Did you two do anything to protect your film from the security x-rays?

  • xx

    Disposable cameras have always been a hit and miss for me, took some great shots in paris but then pics i took with another disposable camera in tokyo turned out so bad 🙁