Via Merete Mueller
on Apr 4, 2012
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World’s Largest Photo Project. [Video]

How Big Would You Go For Something You Love?

Anyone who’s taken a high school dark room photography class, or has shaken a Polaroid into existence, or even picked up a roll of film from Target—knows the thrill of seeing an image form, seeing a moment held and then slowly become permanent.

“When I first started doing photography, I was using my hands to create images. And then it seemed like overnight digital came and all of that came to an end…I lost something I loved.”

Perhaps, in our world of pocket iPhone cameras and point-and-shoots, we’ve forgotten how magical this process really is. To re-capture the enchantment of image-making, photographer Ian Ruhter decided to reverse the trend towards using cameras that are more portable, more automatic, and more digital. He decided to go big. He’s taking his photography away from his computer screen and back into his own hands—and into parks and towns across America.

Follow Ian’s journey on his facebook page, and take a look at the video below.

“This project isn’t about creating actual images. It’s not about making the world’s largest camera. It’s about doing what you love.”


About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.


6 Responses to “Goosebumps!”

  1. JinpaG says:

    Hey, Merete … The man in the video above is not the first to make a camera out of a entire van. I went to a photo exhibit in NYC of photos by an Israeli photographer, curated by a friend who lives here in Boulder, and saw a book of the photographer's work. He'd built a camera from a van, and taken it into the desert in the Middle East. I don't remember what year, but late 90's or early 2000's is when I saw the show. I can find out, and get the photographer's name. This is a nice video, but I'm just saying, this artist isn't the first one to do this, yet the video sort of leads one to believe he's doing something completely new. New for him, though, I'm sure.

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  3. Andréa Balt says:

    This is amazing. Beautiful of my day. Goosebumps, truly. Thanks, Merete!

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  4. elephantjournal says:

    Rick Gilbert What this guy does is great, and I'm happy to know that some people are preserving this art. However, the respirators they're wisely wearing is a reminder of how toxic this kind of thing can be. Kodak cranked out astonishing volumes of to…See More Exactly. Same thoughts, watching this. Taking photos of nature, and healthy beauty, and killing it in the process.

  5. Jill Barth says:

    Merete – what a project!
    T H A N K S for sharing!

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