The Traveling Yashica

I saw a book on a bench the other day, I didn’t pick it up but I did wonder if it was one of those books that gets read and then left somewhere for another person to pick up and read. Me being me, it made me think how this could translate into the world of photography…

The Plan…

I have decided to send my Yashica T5 around some of the nice folks I cross paths with on twitter, get them to shoot a roll of film then send the camera to someone else who wants to take part.

All I ask is that anyone who ends up with the camera sends me some photos and a little bit of a backstory to go with them.

The Traveling Yashica has so far visited:

Urban Hafner – Germany – Photos
Dominic Clarke – England – Photos
Inge Van Leipsig – Netherlands – Photos
Brendan – Ireland – Photos
Dominik Mrzrk – Poland – Photos
Ben Jennings – England – Photos
Hamish (me) – England – Photos
Susan Clement – Tennessee (usa) – Photos
Amanda Raney – Mississippi (usa) – Photos
Julián Péter – Slovakia – Photos
Mark Buckley – England – Photos
Alex Redman – England – Photos
Brian Tyler – Kentucky (usa) – Photos
Jonas Söderström – Sweden – Photos
Austin Beeman – Ohio (usa) – Photos
Antonella Guarracino – Ireland – Photos
Moni – Portland (usa) – Photos
David J. Lee – Seoul, Korea
Daniel VanDurmen – Oaklahoma (usa) – Photos
Alex Yates – England – Photos
Dave Wolanski – Delaware (usa) – Photos
Matt Jacques – Vancouver, Canada – Photos
Angelina Hue – Brussels, Belgium – Photos
Sergio Novo Ruiz – Madrid, Spain – Photos
Attila Goloncser – Hungary – Photos
Morten Sillesen – Denmark – Photos
Duncan Waldron – Forest Lake, Qld, Australia – Photos
John Weed – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Photos
Weldon Poapst – Ottawa, Canada – Photos
Simon Ponder – San Antonio, Texas (usa)
AJ (and friends) – UAE – Photos
Walaa Alshaer – UAE – Photos
Sorin Nita-Ciurea – Bucharest, Romania
Shreyas Niranjan – Bangalore, India
Paul Rice – Ontario, Canada – Photos
Stephen Sostaric – Indiana, usa
Gemma – Beijing, China
Ashlin Wang – Springfield, Missouri, usa
Joshua Harrison – Michigan, usa
Alex – California, usa
Tom Welland – Brighton, UK
Mike Padua – San Francisco, California, USA

The Rules:

  • The camera must be shipped either as wisely or more wisely then you received it ie. lots of bubble wrap around the little black cardboard box it comes in and lots of bubble wrap around the camera inside the box!
  • Postage is paid for once when you send it on to the next person – and don’t be tight on the shipping type, we don’t want it going missing! 🙂
  • When shipping the camera mark it as having no value so it doesn’t incur customs charges for the next person
  • One film can be shot with the camera.
  • You have 1 week maximum to shoot the film.
  • You must be a member of twitter, follow me and neighbouring participants
  • You must inform me when you receive the camera and when you have sent it on.
  • Decision with whom the camera goes to next is mine. The order above is subject to change at my discretion.
  • When the camera eventually dies, I want it back … Until then, it can keep traveling … Lets see how many miles it can do! 🙂

And that should do … unless anyone can think of anything else that might keep it safe?

If you would like to take part, follow me on twitter and get in touch.

(This project is currently closed to new people – it needs to catch up a bit with the long list of people first)

If you like this you might like some links to other Traveling Camera Projects

Half Baked Half Frame
Transatlantic Pinholga
– by Moni
Around the world in 72 frames – by John Weed
Simple Pleasures – The Travelling Canon AF35

And finally, one odd coincidence, just after I bought the Yashica T5, 6 months before I even started this blog, I took photos of it in front of a world map… Completely forgotten I had done it, but the photo turned ou quite useful when I found it again today (7th July 2014).



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47 thoughts on “The Traveling Yashica”

  1. way cool! I’ve tried to be part of things like this for so long! the cameras never reached me though 😛

    and I know atleast one of these names from the filmwasters forum. Hi Urban! 😀

  2. Hi Hamish,

    I once did this with the Disposable Memory Project. Unfortunately, images from the camera I released never made it back and now the Project has stopped.
    So sign me up for the Yashica. I would love to have a chance trying it out and contributing to the project.
    I live in Slovakia.

    1. I’ve not heard of that … I guessed something similar must have been done before! Hopefully we can keep this going for a little while. The more I think about it, the more I want it to work out!

      1. Yeah, things like these are pretty frequent. But I believe that your way, with people signing up for the camera, has a much better prospect of success. We are all camera people, so we will take good care of your baby and not get it lost.

        Speaking of,I am reserving a roll of Afga Precisa CT slide film for you Hamish, so sign me up already! 😀

  3. This is an awesome idea! Wish I could get a taste of this pretty camera. I can’t find one here in Perth. At least in reasonable price…

    1. Are you on twitter Derrick? The camera can come your way if you are … its the platform people are using to pass address details from each other etc …

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  6. Hi there! Is it too late to join this project? My friends are participating and it looks fun. I live in the Portland, Oregon area, (USA) and on Twitter I am @craftymoni. I think i follow you over there!

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  12. Hey Hamish,

    I want to join the list too.

    I’m from Bucharest, Romania. The Yashica hasn’t been here before 🙂

    And btw, I’m @filmhasgrain on twitter.

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  14. hey there!
    Just read your blog and I really loved it.
    I’d like to participate in your project, what should I do to get to the list? I’m in Kazan, Russia.

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  23. Hi Hamish

    I’d love to shot the Yashica, too. Would you please add me? And how does this adding neighbouring participants work?

    Dagmar Bächli, Switzerland, Twitter: debArtCH
    Thx ,-)

  24. Hi Hamish
    I don’t suppose this project is so live 10 years later?

    I’d love a try! I’m Zoe Larkin and I run a team of wedding photographers in San Francisco. Don’t use Twitter but it’s @zoelarkinphoto

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