Running From [The] Camera
January 14, 2007 10:08 PM   Subscribe

Running From Camera The rules are simple: I put the self-timer on 2 seconds, push the button and try to get as far from the camera as I can. [via]
posted by Pater Aletheias (61 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hahahaha. Ok. Initial reaction is "What the fuck?"

But I think it's cute. ::adds to bookmarks::
It looks like someone is hunting him down or something. Nice post!
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 10:11 PM on January 14, 2007


I'll run away from this link now :)
posted by newfers at 10:17 PM on January 14, 2007


Great idea. It runs a little thin after the first half dozen or so, but still, hey, creative. Thumbs up.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:22 PM on January 14, 2007


My first reaction is "What the fuck?"

my second "Uh?"

my third "What the fuck?"
posted by zouhair at 10:24 PM on January 14, 2007


Kudos for the idea. A flickr group of this might keep interest up for ... a week.
posted by peacay at 10:27 PM on January 14, 2007


One day, as he's running away from it, someone is going to steal his camera.
posted by IronLizard at 10:29 PM on January 14, 2007


Pretty neat, especially catching them mid-step in the air.

With all that running, I was hoping that we'd see some of them getting progressively farther from the camera over time.
posted by Extopalopaketle at 10:37 PM on January 14, 2007


Yeah. Oughta have one with a guy much closer to the camera ready to grab it and run in the opposite direction. . .
posted by spock at 10:42 PM on January 14, 2007


If he ever robs a bank, and the video security captures a pic of him fleeing the scene, this blog may come back to haunt him as the police match the security camera footage with his running away pictures.
posted by davidmsc at 10:42 PM on January 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


haha. look at that fatty run!
posted by prost at 10:48 PM on January 14, 2007


Nicely composed photos, well executed concept. I wonder if he gets into trouble occasionally for carefully placing a device in a public spot, fiddling with it, and then running like hell away from it while it beeps...
posted by senor biggles at 10:49 PM on January 14, 2007 [3 favorites]


IronLizard: Some of the captions on his site and on flickr state that he has someone guarding the camera, which is a sound idea.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 10:49 PM on January 14, 2007


is this art?
posted by wilful at 10:53 PM on January 14, 2007


is this art?

Of course it is, what else would it be?
posted by Ynoxas at 10:59 PM on January 14, 2007


Looks like every single episode of "24", except Jack's been at the buffet a bit too long.
posted by Dizzy at 11:01 PM on January 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


Some of the captions on his site and on flickr state that he has someone guarding the camera, which is a sound idea.

I see. I thought he used the timer from necessity. I suppose it's not as gimmicky if this guard person was to take the photo. Still interesting.
posted by IronLizard at 11:28 PM on January 14, 2007


God, you people are so serious. I'm laughing out loud here; it's hilarious!
posted by mediareport at 11:32 PM on January 14, 2007


God, you people are so serious.

Goofing off is serious business.
posted by IronLizard at 11:48 PM on January 14, 2007


I was just thinking that he could stand to lose a little weight so it's good that he's getting his exercise. Look at that fatty run indeed!
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! at 11:55 PM on January 14, 2007


He should do one on how far he can fall in two seconds.
posted by pracowity at 12:06 AM on January 15, 2007


Yeesh. If I'd known calling it hilarious would bring out more moronic fatty jokes, I'd have stayed out of the thread. Good night, assholes.
posted by mediareport at 12:15 AM on January 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hmm. I like it. Especially the one on the bus with the lime green vinyl seats.
posted by Brittanie at 12:22 AM on January 15, 2007


(sorry, that 'assholes' was pretty scattershot. Ignore it if you didn't make fatty jokes, thanks.)
posted by mediareport at 12:33 AM on January 15, 2007


it would be nice if he was skinnier and skinnier and further and further away from the camera with each picture as he gets more exercise and gets faster at running away from the camera.
posted by Gankmore at 1:22 AM on January 15, 2007


"it would be nice if he was skinnier and skinnier and further and further away from the camera with each picture as he gets more exercise and gets faster at running away from the camera."
Succinctly put.
posted by brautigan at 1:38 AM on January 15, 2007


Pointless, but honest about its pointlessness which makes it kind of fun.
posted by rhymer at 1:58 AM on January 15, 2007


I'm pretty sure it's the terrible choice in jeans, and blouson jackets that's making him look fat. In a majority of the shots he looks like a traveling jumble sale. Looking at the pic from his own studio and the one from the art shop, he seems to be in good shape. I fear, like a Mexican wrestler, we may never get to see his face or indeed anything other than his back.
posted by econous at 2:48 AM on January 15, 2007


This would make a great HomestarRunner toon.

In this episode, StrongBad gets everyone to run from the camera and sells the pictures on eBay.

He earns a total of 16 cents.

posted by bwg at 4:23 AM on January 15, 2007


I wait in eager anticipation for a series of follow-up series:

Running Backwards From Camera
Cartwheeling From Camera
Bum-Shuffling From Camera
Crab-Footballing From Camera

ad augusta per angusta
posted by chrismear at 4:30 AM on January 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


I was more taken by the settings of the photos, most of them are very European.
posted by john m at 4:35 AM on January 15, 2007


Running Backwards From Camera

I can see the bloopers from this episode making prime time.
posted by IronLizard at 5:07 AM on January 15, 2007


How about:

Set the timer to 2 sec,

Throw camera high in the air.


What, why not?
posted by Laotic at 5:19 AM on January 15, 2007


Laotic, do you mean like this?
posted by froghopper at 5:46 AM on January 15, 2007


This is hilarious.
posted by unknowncommand at 6:02 AM on January 15, 2007


I think this is wonderful silliness. He works in a nice bit of interesting variation, like running into a street, the run track, almost getting away behind the pipes.
posted by effwerd at 6:04 AM on January 15, 2007


It makes me think of Dr. Richard Kimble and the one armed man. Nice work.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:06 AM on January 15, 2007


Ghost Ridin' da pic. All tha' art skool kidz r doin it.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:06 AM on January 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


I love this sort of thing. Go, running from camera man, go!
posted by cortex at 6:27 AM on January 15, 2007


Reminds me of Bed Jumping.

(Ghost Ridin' da bed?)
posted by LordSludge at 7:00 AM on January 15, 2007


What a great project.
posted by interrobang at 8:01 AM on January 15, 2007


There should be one picture that he's not in, where he explains that he ran the opposite way.
posted by papercake at 8:07 AM on January 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


He should try different means of locomotion to escape the camera: scooter, Segway, escalator, skateboard, ice skates, toboggan, diving board, trebuchet, the transporter from Star Trek...
posted by Lord Kinbote at 8:23 AM on January 15, 2007


What kind of tripod or other miracle "hold the camera seemingly in midair" device is using?

I'm thinking that it was a human and not the self timer.
posted by drstein at 8:45 AM on January 15, 2007


This thread has a lot of drunken uncles.
posted by srboisvert at 9:08 AM on January 15, 2007


Amsterdam looks nice.
posted by wfc123 at 9:13 AM on January 15, 2007


Ah, I'm glad he has someone guarding the camera. My worry would be this: Imagine a man putting a device on the ground, in a public place, pushing the button and then running away.... I was almost afraid that at the end of the series we'd see the guy bullet-riddled and mobbed by security forces.
posted by elwoodwiles at 9:48 AM on January 15, 2007


heheheh. it's links like this that keep me coming back to MeFi. great post.
posted by eli_d at 10:11 AM on January 15, 2007


wfc123: "Amsterdam looks nice."

Here's an Amsterdam project that I really liked:

Wild pissing
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:11 AM on January 15, 2007


Nice idea. And Meijendel is wonderful.
posted by jouke at 1:27 PM on January 15, 2007


I want 2 minutes of my life back.
posted by PreteFunkEra at 1:51 PM on January 15, 2007


I was almost afraid that at the end of the series we'd see the guy bullet-riddled and mobbed by security forces.

let me guess, you're American?
posted by wilful at 4:25 PM on January 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Beyond just 'hope I don't get taken in as an enemy combatant', I think this is probably even more hilarious in person. When people do something this committedly weird in public, people tend to act... oddly. Wonder if he ever ran into somebody on accident.
posted by Football Bat at 4:34 PM on January 15, 2007


Great idea, pleasing, made me laugh.

Then, made me wish he was a photographer who had a clue about making an interesting photograph. Imagine if they were also good photographs. THAT would be friggin' brilliant.
posted by johngumbo at 6:51 PM on January 15, 2007


Fun little project. Thanks, Pater Aletheias.
posted by diddlegnome at 8:20 PM on January 15, 2007


Then, made me wish he was a photographer who had a clue about making an interesting photograph.

I don't think he is the clueless one.
posted by R. Mutt at 8:26 PM on January 15, 2007


They're all wearing pants! What a waste.
posted by peeedro at 10:38 PM on January 15, 2007


haha. look at that fatty run!

What. The. Fuck.

I keep forgetting immature dickweeds have Metafilter accounts.
posted by eustacescrubb at 4:28 AM on January 16, 2007


The Internet: Where every troll is 14 or younger. At least emotionally.
posted by kalessin at 7:37 AM on January 16, 2007


There should be one picture that he's not in, where he explains that he ran the opposite way.

There is one picture where you don't see him at all, and I thought to myself "Yay! He got away!"
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 9:50 AM on January 16, 2007


R. Mutt: Excuse me? Did you look at the images? Yes, the idea is brilliant, but his photography has no sense of composition, lighting or color. He is a clueless photographer. They would be far better if he was an artist who was also a skilled photographer.
posted by johngumbo at 5:51 PM on January 21, 2007


Ah, but maybe he's so skillful that he's done that on purpose to make them look like untalented snapshots OOH ART.
posted by chrismear at 5:56 PM on January 21, 2007


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