I ran across this article recently and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Jimmie P. Rodgers had his camera stolen on a trip to Rio de Janeiro. Locals told him that digital cameras were worth a great deal on the open market but no one would steal film camera. So he bought a new high-end point and shoot and made it as ugly as possible. Did a pretty job of it in my opinion. He used it for the next five years in some of the poorest areas of Brazil with no attempts to have it stolen. Very clever. I’m always worried about having my expensive equipment stolen (it has happened before and you never forget that.) I’m in the market now for some of that tape he used!
See the original story for yourself here.
Here’s the thing that really gets me about this idea. Can you imagine showing up for a photowalk with this camera? They show up with their expensive equipment all pretty and polished and you show up with a camera that looks like its been to hell and back. Then, with that ugly looking piece of junk you bring back the best images of the walk! That would just rock. It’s like Willie Nelson’s old guitar; the finish has worn off, there’s a hole in the lower bout where his pick hits it and the whole thing is held together by chewing gum and bailing wire…but when he plays it, well that’s a different subject.