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icon_dstory.gif Story Launches 'Park by the Numbers' Project
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, June 4, 2007 - 21:06 EDT)

Use your camphone to remember where you parked? It could be art!

Photographer Derrick Story, an editor at O'Reilly and the genius behind The Digital Story photo blog (http://www.thedigitalstory.com/blog/), just wrote to us about his latest project -- which naturally turns out to be something for other people to do!

"Back when I was working on Digital Photography Hacks," Derrick wrote, "I stumbled across the idea of using my camera phone to record my parking location in big garages so I didn't lose my car. Well, long story short, I'm making this a community project through my The Digital Story web site.

"Most of us have camera phones. A few of us use them. I have a practical application for your smartphone that's bound to help you at least once: Use your camera phone to photograph your parking locations in a gigantic garages so you don't lose your car.

"I started doing this a while back, and suddenly became enamored with some of the images stored on my phone. I started adding a little creativity to the recording of parking spaces, and then it dawned on me that this could be an interesting community endeavor. So I've started the Park by the Numbers Camera Phone Project.

"What began as a simple way to help me remember where I parked my car in big garages, has evolved into a creative look at an everyday function that many of us have in common. You can take a peek at a gallery I've begun that will soon include photos from all over the world. I'm already getting some fun entries.

"If you want to participate, just drop by the Park by the Numbers home page for all the info."

The rules are pretty simple. Use your cell phone to shoot your parking location ("or things related to parking") and email them to derrick@thedigitalstory.com with the subject line "Park by the Numbers." Tell him where the shot was taken and don't strip the Exif header. "Half the fun is seeing what camera phones people are using," Derrick explains.

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