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Photographer Turns NYPD Surveillance Van Into Home and Editing Studio

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Photographer Adam Nawrot wanted to chase light full time, so he bought an old NYPD surveillance van for $2,500 and turned it into his mobile home and editing studio.

Remodeling the interior, doing electrical work, and adding solar panels brought the total cost to around $6,000.

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“I’m an adventure and outdoor filmmaker and photographer who moved into a van to chase light and infinite stoke full time,” Nawrot tells PetaPixel. “The van serves as my mobile home and editing studio so that I can stay on the road and keep up with the athletes and subjects of my work.”

Finding the van took about a month and a half of searching for used vans on Craigslist. It’s a 1997 Ford E-350 with 65,000 miles that gets about 10 miles per gallon. From the outside, you can still see the outline of the old NYPD decals.

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“I made the decision early on to avoid any sort of plumbing,” Nawrot says. “Its gross and a hassle. So is finding places to poop, but to me that was the lesser of two evils.”

“I decided that all I really needed was a bed, a good amount of storage and a place to work. I’m a photographer and filmmaker so what that translated to was a mobile editing studio.”

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Custom additions and modifications include hardwood laminate flooring, decorative plywood walls, storage furniture, a full-length IKEA desk, a bed, insulation, solar panels, various outlets (4 USB plugs and 6 cigarette plug 12V outlets, and lighting.

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One of the pull out drawers under the bed is 20 inches deep and houses Nawrot’s camera gear (the other has his climbing gear).

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“Although it’s currently enjoying quite the boom, van living is nothing new to the mountain culture communities of dirtbag climbers and ski bums that my filmmaking and photography is interested in,” he says. “I love waking up in a new place every morning and the storytelling opportunities the van life is opening doors to!”

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“A van is only as cool as the places you take it,” Nawrot says. You can follow along with photos of his adventures on his Instagram account.

(via Adam Nawrot via Laughing Squid)

Camper Obscura Van Tours England to Spread the Joy of Photography

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If you’re ever in England and come across an old camper van with the words “Camper Obscura” splashed across the side, knock on the door and say hi to photographers Jonathan Blyth and Matthew Pontin. Since the summer of 2010, Blyth and Pontin have traveled widely around the South West of England, teaching people about photography from the rear cabin of the vehicle.

The Camper Obscura itself took more than a year to plan (and build), and was created by converting an old 1986 VW Type 25 Transporter camper van. The light-sealed vehicle features a lens on the roof (donated by a friend) that can be turned in 360-degrees in order to point the “camera” at any subject around the van.

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A look inside the Camper Obscura back in 2010

The van was created as a project of Blyth and Pontin’s organization Fotonow, which aims to “encourage greater social inclusion and the shared exploration of visual experience through photography.”

In other words, Blyth and Pontin are passionate about the medium, and they’re hoping to spark interest in the community as well. The van travels to schools, community groups, fairs, residential homes, parks, and local events.

After a group of visitors enters the van, the doors are shut and the magic begins:

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The hands of children inside the Camper Obscura reflecting the world outside

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Hold up a white board inside the van, and it becomes a window into the world outside

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Blyth and Pontin estimate that, in all, roughly 15000 have stepped inside the van since it began its journey. These visitors have also become participants in a side project. Each one is asked to pose for an instant film portrait. The thousands of portraits collected so far form a documentation of Britons living in the areas visited by the van:

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There are many more photos of Camper Obscura and its adventures so far on the Fotonow Flickr page. You can also learn more about the Camper Obscura on its website.

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Image credits: Photographs by Fotonow and used with permission

Ian Ruhter’s Wet Plate Photography with a Giant Van Camera

Ian Ruhter is a Los Angeles-based photographer that creates massive wet plate photographs using a giant camera van. We featured a popular short film about his work back in April, and now here’s another short behind-the-scenes look by Laura Austin. Austin followed Ruhter around for a day to see how he creates the images in his project, titled “Silver & Light“. One interesting thing we find out is that some police officers aren’t too friendly towards giant mobile cameras.

(via Doobybrain)