One morning at the end of September of last year my friend Inge told me about the Traveling Yashica project. She was going to join and thought I might be interested too. I did a quick Google search for the camera and took a look at what would be traveling around. I thought to myself, “why on earth would anyone be excited to use this camera?” I couldn’t really see the point.
Then the time came for Inge to post her results on the blog. I was rather stunned. Soon after, my friend Brendan posted his results. Again, I was kind of blown away by the results from this little camera. I decided to join the project.
It took 9 months for the camera to finally make its way to me in Oregon. When I recieved it I dropped everything so I could start right away on a roll of Fuji Provia slide film. The camera arrived at a most auspicious time because it was the week of Mountain Festival, a celebration that happens in my small town to kick off the beginning of Summer. I shot some of my slide film roll at a carnival.
I shot another roll through the camera that will be used for a film swap with Hamish. You’ll hear more about that soon!
I had to sneak in a third roll of black and white film, to see how it would look. I used Tri-x and I shot it around town and up on Mt. Hood as I was out and about.
I really enjoyed my two weeks with this wonderful little camera and can now see what all of the fuss is about. I will continue to scan Ebay to see if any are for sale, and then become depressed when I see how much they are selling for. I am very grateful to have had a chance to play with it.