The Travelling Canonet – Canonet 28 Roll #1

By Bob Janes

You can read about the Travelling Canonet project here. We have over 50 photographers on 4 continents waiting to take part. Two Canonets are involved, each travelling in a different direction. The idea is to take 5 or more shots and then send the camera on to the next person on the list.

Canonet 28 – Roll #1

The Canonet 28 was an additional camera which is working through the list of participants in the opposite direction. This posting covers the first 4 participants (including myself).


I took my Canonet 28 shots at the same time as I took the ones from the original Canonet.

Frame 1. A better attempt at opening selfie than on the other roll. I stress the reason my feet are in the picture is that I’m shooting down onto a mirror tile placed on a coffee table..
Frame 2. The Thames Barrier. Light leaks from the back being opened are present, but might actually add something.
Frame 3. The walkway under the control building.
Frame 4. This should have been a shot of the Royal Iris, which is under attack from light and water.

Frames 5 and 6 were totally blank.

Frame 7. A view of the bank that forms part of the Barrier park – in truth the slope is part of the flood defenses for the control building.
Frame 8. Bollards in the park going up the slope. Only the central part of the portrait-oriented negative has survived.

After I took my shots, I sent the Canonet 28 off to start its journey in north America…

At some point it appears the camera was opened (possibly by customs officials), this is just part of the journey. Frames 9 and 10 were blank (effectively new wind-on frames).


Randy writes:

“The hardest part for me was to find something that was worth while, we were blanketed with snow in a major storm although not a lot but was falling in a very short time. The Canonet certainly was a lot lighter than my Konica. When I got my Konica lllA back from CLA there was a learning curve for it as well.”

Frame 11. Peterborough Liftlocks – Largest Hydraulic Liftlock in the world.
Frame 12. One of 3 grain elevators left in Ontario.
Frame 13. A rail line close to me.
Frame 14. Pontypool welcome sign.
Frame 16. Grain Elevator from the west side.
Frame 17. The road to my house fresh snow fall.
Frame 18. This and the next shot are of the Liftlocks again.
Frame 19.
Frame 20. The highway away from town after snow fall.
Frame 21. The pond in the village.


Dan writes:

“My shots from Kenai, Alaska.

Loved the opportunity to play with an unfamiliar, vintage camera and share pictures from my small part of the world. I was definitely self-conscious using a camera that wasn’t mine and not wanting to screw up my pictures but the “community” aspect of this project was indeed compelling. I hope to participate in a project like this again.”

Frame 22. Kenai Visitor’s Center with the Alaska and US flag taken to establish location.
Frame 23. Veronica’s Restaurant; one of the historic buildings in Kenai built in 1918 as a home for one of the founding families of Kenai. It has been converted to a local favorite eating establishment and Friday evening hangout spot.
Frame 24. Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church built in 1895 and still in use today.
Frame 25. Chapel of St. Nicholas (Russian Orthodox) built in 1906 as a tribute to Igumen Nikolai, first Russian Orthodox priest in Kenai.
Frame 26. Oil cargo ship docked at one of the many rig tenders in the Cooke Inlet. Oil and tourism are what keep the Kenai Peninsula moving.
Frame 27. My backyard in Nikiski, Alaska.


Damion writes:

“This was a fun project to participate in! I have been wondering about the Canonet and this was a great way to try it out. The framing was a little off in a few of the shots compared to what I thought I had framed up to take the shot.

By profession I am a Psychiatric Registered Nurse and I work at the Oregon State Hospital. The shots I took are all on the Hospital grounds.”

Frame 28. An old renovated fountain statue at the front of the hospital.
Frame 29. This is the original Kirkbride building which was renovated a number of years ago when the hospital was rebuilt and now houses the administrative offices.
Frame 30.Outbuilding on the Hospital grounds.
Frame 31. Tennis court for patient and public use.
Frame 32. One of the frisbee golf holes from the course on grounds and my favorite shot.
Frame 33. Fencing around the tennis court.
Frame 34. This didn’t turn out the way I envisioned but that’s part of the photography experiment!
Frame 35. Along with the previous shot, this is part of a memorial at the hospital.

More details about the Oregon State Hospital Memorial can be found at

Frame 36. Ducks next to the baseball field at the hospital.

Many thanks to Randy, Dan and Damion, along with all the other participants in the Travelling Canonet project.

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By Bob Janes
Retired IT guy. Volunteer stem-cell courier. Interested in education, photography and local history. Lives in Greenwich, SE London, UK.
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Johan on The Travelling Canonet – Canonet 28 Roll #1

Comment posted: 18/04/2022

4 continents... curious if the camera made its way to Africa? It would be too shocking to still see this kind of thinking in the modern era... as if Africa doesn't exist... almost Colonial.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Bob Janes replied:

Comment posted: 18/04/2022

I’m afraid we had no-one come forward from either Africa or Oceania. Most resopondants were from Europe and North America – I think that probably reflects where the bulk of 35mmc readership lives. It would be nice to reach out to Africa more and get more input from people all over the world – I’d be very interested to hear any ideas about stuff we could do to cater for those who live and work in Africa/Asia/South America and Oceania to get more participation in future.


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