Traveling Yashica

The Traveling Yashica

September 18, 2013

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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  • Reply
    September 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    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! 😀

    • Reply
      Urban Hafner
      September 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Hey Jonas 🙂 You are right though. We are already in the double digits, but why not try anyway? There’s nothing to loose!

    • Reply
      September 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      if it wasn’t clear: I WANT IN! 😀

      • Reply
        September 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        haha, sorry …
        name, location, twitter username?

        • Reply
          September 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

          Jonad Söderström, Sweden, jonasx70
          no worries, I was the one being unclear 🙂

          • Hamish
            September 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

            Added! I had not made the connection between you on here and you on twitter! 🙂

  • Reply
    Julián Péter
    September 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

    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.

    • Reply
      September 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

      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!

      • Reply
        Julián Péter
        September 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        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! 😀

        • Reply
          September 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

          I’ve added you! I’ve added you 😉

          I really hope it gets as far as you Julián!!

          • Julián Péter
            September 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

            Awesome! Lets hope indeed.

  • Reply
    October 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    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…

    • Reply
      October 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      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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  • Reply
    Moni Smith
    October 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    November 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I’d love to be part of this! I’m in Delaware, USA

    • Reply
      November 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Dave, are you on twitter?

      • Reply
        November 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm

        yep! @DavidWolanski I just stated following you

        • Reply
          November 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm

          There you go, apologies for being useless! 😉

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    Sergio Novo
    January 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for adding me!

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    David Lee
    January 27, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I am friends with Dominic Clarke on Facebook! Small world..
    Anyway, sign me up for this! I’m located in Korea at the moment. Regards

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    Andrew Paul
    January 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This is such a great idea! I would love to be involved!
    I’m in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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    Weldon pops
    June 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I am a HUGE Yashica fan, live in Canada aaaaand would love to join in the fun!

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      Hamish Gill
      July 2, 2014 at 10:48 am

      YES! see email 🙂

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    November 24, 2014 at 6:56 am

    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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    November 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Is it possible to add me to the list,My name is Shreyas from Bangalore,India
    twitter id is @shreyasn162

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    January 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

    hey there!
    Just read your blog and I really loved it.
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      January 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      I need your real name, and a link to you on twitter

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  • Reply
    September 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    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 ,-)

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
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      done 🙂

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