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January 28, 2014 9:24 AM   Subscribe

What's the last photo on your phone - and would you share it with a stranger? San Francisco-based interactive artist Ivan Cash asks a number of people in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to share their last photo and the story behind it. (via feature shoot)
posted by madamjujujive (54 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
you told me to never show it to anyone else, dear.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 9:29 AM on January 28 [3 favorites]


The video was charming and it's a fun project. I'm just sad that mine is a picture of one of the tires on my car so I could tell the guy at the shop the right size to replace them.
posted by TwoWordReview at 9:31 AM on January 28 [1 favorite]


A foot in a cluttered room, as I forgot to delete the first test snapshot when I got the phone.
posted by sammyo at 9:32 AM on January 28


Or by last do you mean most recent? Ah darn, same foot.
posted by sammyo at 9:33 AM on January 28


It's a picture of my cat, so, yes, of course.
posted by briank at 9:34 AM on January 28 [5 favorites]


I saw "Defending Your Life" at the New Beverly the other night and took a picture of the marquee so you better goddamn believe I'll show that to anyone who asks.
posted by dogwalker at 9:36 AM on January 28


Mine's a photo of a post-it note in the snow on 5th Ave. near Central Park reading: "Surgery Wed. a.m. fuse broken vertebrae week recovery wear brace 1 month good to go River Club Thurs prior Friday release afternoon [something] visit"
posted by AJaffe at 9:48 AM on January 28


Mine is of one side of a double-knitting project that I'm working on, of which I'm pretty proud, so yeah, I'd show it.
posted by Lucinda at 9:49 AM on January 28


The last photo on my phone is an unflattering portrait of our office cat. I've got no problem with sharing it.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:51 AM on January 28


..a picture of my new desk chair, so yes, I was showing people my new desk chair.
posted by The Whelk at 9:53 AM on January 28


The password stamp on my router? Let's go with "no."
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:53 AM on January 28 [2 favorites]


This is amazing.

Mine is of a picture of 40 boxes of TimTams that my dad brought back from Singapore, when I asked him to bring back 4. I sent it to my friend who introduced me to TimTams in order to instill envy. (Of course I gave him a bunch, I'm not a monster)
posted by thewumpusisdead at 9:53 AM on January 28


...a picture of my daughter opening birthday presents. Sunday was her birthday.
posted by COD at 9:54 AM on January 28 [1 favorite]


Mine are mostly pictures of the beach that I walk on every day. I would gladly share, and I do; in fact, my facebook friends might just be over all the sharing I do of my beach pictures. :D
posted by Lynsey at 9:57 AM on January 28 [1 favorite]


I have a picture of a keyring with 7 important looking keys I found on the el. I gave them to the driver who was going to bring them to the Lost and Found (I hope) but I posted it on Craigslist Lost and Found and Chicago Reddit.
posted by readery at 9:57 AM on January 28


SPOILERS: It is probably going to be a cat or a child.

/checks

Child and a gorilla. Hmm.
posted by Artw at 9:59 AM on January 28 [2 favorites]


See for yourself
posted by briank at 10:00 AM on January 28 [7 favorites]


I am too (smart or boring, take your pick) to leave pictures or browser history on my phone that I'd be ashamed to show anyone, as a phone can too easily be lost or end up in the wrong hands.

No, you canNOT look at my well-protected home computer, thankyouverymuch.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:04 AM on January 28


"I'm over there with the cucumber water and all that shit."

There's something really charming about this project. I do suspect that the clips are curated somewhat to present the cities in different lights, though. Unless NY, LA, and SF really are that different.

The last photo on my phone is of a car seat newly-installed in my car, taken to show mrs ozzy that it fits. Because we are having a baby panic-inducingly soon.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:07 AM on January 28 [2 favorites]


Mine is two cats. The ones before that are of a single cat, then a different cat, then some snow...on a statue of cats. Very exciting.
posted by rtha at 10:11 AM on January 28 [1 favorite]


Mine is a picture of a Waffle House branded poster with the Preamble to the Constitution. I would share that with anyone. Actually I tweeted it, so I already have.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:16 AM on January 28


Two packages of girl scout cookies, Lemonades and Caramel deLites.
posted by Huck500 at 10:21 AM on January 28


Mine is a screenshot of a hilarious text from my mom. Before that is a picture of the repair job going on my apartment that she was responding to.
posted by TwoStride at 10:28 AM on January 28


It's a photo of me and my oldest friend standing outside a diner. I hadn't seen her in years!
posted by marimeko at 10:45 AM on January 28 [1 favorite]


Unsurprisingly, mine is also my cat. What else is there to take pictures of, really?
posted by insufficient data at 11:01 AM on January 28 [2 favorites]


I figured it'd be my kids, but mine is a science experiment with liquids of different densities colored different colors all poured into one big giant test tube and separating back out into layers by density. It's really pretty! I was at a science curriculum night last week dealing with the new Common Core standards and I was bragging to my husband that I was doing SCIENCE! while he was making dinner, because he thought my meeting would be boring.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:03 AM on January 28


A picture of a 1970s Archie promotional glass with the caption "Hot Dog Goes to School."
posted by bondcliff at 11:03 AM on January 28


Mine is a picture of a Bell's Two Hearted Ale taken in Albany, NY. Which was sent in a text message with the caption "Bells in NY?!" It's true, folks; I saw it.
posted by likeatoaster at 11:06 AM on January 28


I do suspect that the clips are curated somewhat to present the cities in different lights, though. Unless NY, LA, and SF really are that different.

I think so too uncleozzy - each of these clips had such a different character. Plus, if this thread is any barometer, not enough cats.

I don't use my phone camera all that much. I thought I had some holiday pics, but no. The last photo was from late October at the DeCordova outdoor sculpture garden.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:09 AM on January 28


A picture of five of my friends practicing burlesque in my living room. Everybody is dressed, so I would probably show it off.
posted by joannemerriam at 11:09 AM on January 28


Accidental selfie.
posted by laconic skeuomorph at 11:18 AM on January 28 [1 favorite]


It's an UTTERLY ADORABLE photo of my dog hiding his face while I trim his nails. He doesn't fight it, but he can't bear to watch.

And 247 of the remaining 248 photos are also of one or both of our dogs. The other photo is of my AAA card in case I can't find the number in an emergency.
posted by HotToddy at 11:23 AM on January 28


Not-quite-right signage at the produce market
posted by ActionPopulated at 11:24 AM on January 28 [2 favorites]


The corsets I ordered last week!
posted by mikurski at 11:50 AM on January 28


"Bells in NY?!" It's true, folks; I saw it.

I don't think Bell's is downstate yet, but I happened to be in New Paltz a few weeks after they launched upstate and drank an imprudent number of Two Hearteds. It was a lovely evening.
posted by uncleozzy at 12:04 PM on January 28


Unfortunately, it seems that my iPhone lately is a sea of sadness.

October--last pics of me and our 5 year old with my dad--bedside in hospice before he died 3 days later. We were holding hands.

Two weeks ago--last pic of our 17 year old dog who we put down that day of the pic. She had horrible dementia, hip dysplasia and other problems.

I need to take a picture of my boobs or something--change it up.
posted by stormpooper at 12:06 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


Mine is a screenshot of my snarky Renaissance art snapchats I send to people.
posted by msbutah at 12:28 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


aww, stormpooper - so sorry for your losses, that's rough. Here's hoping you will have happy things to record going forward.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:56 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


My felting failure.

Man, that hat was going to be fucking awesome.
posted by Katemonkey at 12:59 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


It's a picture of a picture of Jesus a little girl sitting next to me in church drew and handed to me, apparently unprompted.

Weirdly, Ask Metafilter was also brought up during one of the sermons.
posted by weston at 1:35 PM on January 28


Scowling selfie with a bottle of NyQuil. I am very grumpy about being sick.
posted by mollymayhem at 1:47 PM on January 28


It's a picture of a picture of Jesus a little girl sitting next to me in church drew and handed to me, apparently unprompted.

I'm impressed that she's drawing a picture of Jesus in Church. When I drew a picture in church and handed it to someone it was of Richard Petty.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:56 PM on January 28


Mine's a sketch of a giant snake that I'm currently painting.
posted by bink at 3:28 PM on January 28 [2 favorites]


My son, all dressed up going to his high school dance. (I made him laugh for the photo)
posted by JujuB at 3:51 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


A scary picture of a whale I was sending to my sister, who is scared of whales. She informed me it was a filter shark, which she is not scared of. David Attenborough is her CBT.

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It's probably more on me than the project that I was touched by the New York one while the L.A. one made me think "uh-huh, just as I suspected," isn't it.
posted by Diablevert at 5:05 PM on January 28 [1 favorite]


I never thought about anyone being scared of whales. Huh.
posted by rtha at 5:19 PM on January 28


Mine is an incredibly awful photo which my youngest son took of me. Most photos of me nowadays are scary anyway but this one is particularly bad because I'm the Gurning Champion of Ipswich 2014 and I hate having my photo taken. Hell yeah, I'd show it!
posted by h00py at 6:09 PM on January 28


A picture of the thank you note my 6 year old niece sent after receiving her Christmas present from me.
posted by Sara C. at 8:26 PM on January 28


Having lived in both cities, New York's installment is every bit as cliched as Los Angeles'. I don't know if this is because they're "curated", or if it's just that each city really is like that.

I will say that I feel like, now that I live in L.A., I don't meet as many guys who brag about treating their girlfriends to designer stuff and spa days and the like.
posted by Sara C. at 8:35 PM on January 28


4 missing answers on tonight's bar trivia quarter round so I could send it to a friend with a 'WTH aren't you here?' note.
posted by meinvt at 8:36 PM on January 28


Mine is an accidental picture I took of my arm and lap and forgot to delete.
posted by emd3737 at 10:34 PM on January 28


Mine is a picture of a board at school where you can rearrange the letters to form sentences.
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 7:17 AM on January 29


Mine is Buddy, Zippy, and Tulip enjoying the warmth of the woodstove while waiting for Downton Abbey to come on. It's my new profile pic:)
posted by PlantGoddess at 8:27 AM on January 29 [3 favorites]


Photo of a local community centre, for Ingress related purposes.
posted by MattWPBS at 1:28 AM on January 31


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