Everyone loves treasure hunts, dont they? Theres just something enchanting about the fairy tales and stories of Pirates voyaging the seas in search of fame and hidden fortune.
But more often than not the journey, the characters and the adventures come to an end when the treasure is found. Its almost as if the real treasure wasn’t the jewels or the gold; the real prize is the hunt itself!
But what if there was some way of keeping that excitement up after you’ve found what you’re looking for? I think i may have an idea…
For those of you that don’t know what Geocaching is, you can read all about it here
In its simplest form, a geocache is a token or item hidden somewhere and made traceable by providing its location in coordinates taken from a GPS device, Smart Phone, etc. These GPS coordinates are accurate to around 1.5-2m so even when you know where a cache is hidden, it still requires a little bit of a hunt to find it!
Now imagine combining the thrill with Lomography. Imagine heading out to a Lomo Location knowing that hidden there somewhere is a valuable cache. A roll of film, undeveloped, hidden amongst the foliage or underneath a rock away from the world. In reality, not even the person who hid the film truly knows what is on it.
When you find the film, what do you do with it? Do you rush and develop it straight away for a voyeuristic insight into another Lomographers life? Do you rewind it and use it again for a random double exposure treat? Do you attempt to process it yourself in a homebrew experiment? Whatever you decide, let us know and show us the results!
There three simple rules that you must follow for this to work.
1. When a cache location is created, there must be a Lomo Location created for it, too. Remember to add the coordinates! This way users can see what cache’s are near them, and it may inspire people to venture out to new places they wouldn’t usually go to see. Be sure that you mention what the film that you’re caching is too (ie. 35mm b&w, 120 CN, etc). You may also want to include a little cryptic message or instruction to help treasure hunters find it.
2. When you take a cache, you must replace it with something similar; If its 120 film, replace it with 120 film. The last thing we would want is Lomographers hunting around for a roll of film that had been taken and developed months ago!
3. When you’ve taken a cache, let people know. Mention on the Locations page that you’ve replaced the cache, so everyone knows that its now you’re film in the cache and not the previous Lomographers.
And finally, though i wouldn’t consider this a rule – have fun!