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An Open Invitation to the Travelling Canonet project – By Bob Janes

December 19, 2021

Anyone fancies getting involved in a travelling camera project…?

Many years ago over at Dyxum we had a community activity that was suggested by James Muñoz (a top film sound guy who got an award for the sound on the film ‘Buried’, among others). James found a little egg-with-legs toys (imaginatively dubbed ‘Mr and Mrs Egg’) that he photographed and then sent on to another Dyxumer somewhere who took and posted some pictures… The Eggs never got the whole way around the world. I blame postal services as Dyxum members are of impeccable character.

Mr and Mrs Egg in happier times. Who knows where they now reside?

We did wonder if there was some mileage in a similar exchange-linky-thing. Could a camera be sent from one person to another, each taking part of a film and then sending it on? The original idea was to use one of the cheap late Dynax bodies (like a Dynax 5) – trouble was that the cameras were still desirable and would be likely to go missing fairly soon… It never happened.

But over at 35mmc…

However, it turns out that 35mmc has done this sort of stuff before. Back in 2013 a similar project was run (rather successfully). I give you The Travelling Yashica! This fascinating exercise led to many 35mmc followers sharing their images – which has to be a good thing!

More recently, Holly has also undertaken a travelling toy camera project. The first results of that can be found here.

The Camera

It strikes me that the Canonet is an ideal candidate for another run of this community experiment. High quality, built like a tank, not requiring batteries, virtually worthless (literally for customs purposes). A little heavy for parcel post, but not too bad.

Canonet front

Coming soon to a mail address near you?

The proposal

If I put a film in this Canonet and took 5 shots and then sent it on to someone, would they also take 5 shots and send it on..?

If the person who came to the end of the film was unable to process the film themselves (I stress I’m thinking B&W here folks), I’d be quite happy for them to mail me the film and for them to send it on with a new one…

The commitment

The commitment would be to receive the camera, take 5 (or more) pictures, replenish the film if you use it up – process any used-up film and post on to the next person.

So, at maximum:

  1. Share a contact email and a postal address with someone so they can send you a camera,
  2. Spend up to 1 week taking 5 pictures (or more) with a characterful camera from 1962,
  3. Possibly supply a B&W film if you reach the end of the film,
  4. Possibly either process a B&W film and post the results (or post the film to Greenwich, London, UK, with permission for me to post the results),
  5. Pay postage for a heavy-ish camera to somewhere that could be on another continent (marking value at zero for customs purposes) via a reasonable carrier…

The interested parties

If we got a list together of interested people, we might be able to get something going.

Of course, the camera might go missing really early on – but, nothing ventured, nothing gained… At the very least my wife will be glad that at least one camera has left the building.

To show your interest please contact me via [email protected] and post a comment below. Any comments including contact details will stay hidden.  I will gather together the email addresses of those interested and send further details as soon as we have a suitable number of participants. It would be useful to know at least a city/region to plan out a logical order. There is no time limit for this as the list can be quite dynamic.

UPDATE

Response has been overwhelming – well over 50 participants from 4 continents!

I have supplemented the original Canonet, which is starting off in the UK, with a Canonet 28 (see https://www.35mmc.com/22/06/2021/canonet-28-review-the-modest-canon-by-bob-janes/), which is going from the end of the list (north America) to the UK.

Latest:

The original Canonet is now with its 9th photographer. Results from the first roll can be found here.

The Canonet 28 is now with its 8th photographer, I’m hoping results will be published soon.

 

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58 Comments

  • Reply
    Martin Siegel
    December 19, 2021 at 10:11 am

    I would be interested in joining. Sent an email

    Martin in Austria

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    Jeff Hicks
    December 19, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Email sent. Very interested.

  • Reply
    Michael Zwicky-Ross
    December 19, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Count me in. Sounds like a great idea

  • Reply
    Bob Janes
    December 19, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Lovely to get such a positive response so quickly – remember to give a surface address in your email.

    Bob

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      Alec Brown
      December 19, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Sounds good, count me in.
      Will email details

  • Reply
    Stephen Dennis
    December 19, 2021 at 11:08 am

    What a great idea! Count me in. Will send an email.

  • Reply
    Mario
    December 19, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Idea meravigliosa. Ok, ci sono anch’io.

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    Thomas Gerulat
    December 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Very interested as well.
    Thomas from Germany

  • Reply
    Alec Brown
    December 19, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Sounds good, count me in please, have emailed.

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    Matthew Stanford
    December 19, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun

    Happy to join in, email sent

    Matthew Stanford

  • Reply
    Florian
    December 19, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    A fantastic idea!

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    Keith
    December 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    A grand idea. Thanks for getting it started and I look forward to taking part.

    Email sent (check spam just in case it’s redirected)

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    Castelli Daniel
    December 19, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Yeah, I’m game! From the US.

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    Randy
    December 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Randy-in Canada, I’m in! will email with info. I have a photographer friend in Italy that may be interested I’ll ask him. This could turn into a full blog where we all go to blog looking for our photos….

  • Reply
    Bob Janes
    December 19, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Lovely to see the positive response – I’ll do an inventory later in the week to make sure I have emails from all who have expressed interest here…

  • Reply
    Abby Keenan
    December 19, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    I would love to join this! Abby from east coast usa 🙂

  • Reply
    Francisco
    December 19, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Just sent an email. I would be super interested in participating as well!

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    Kodachromeguy
    December 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Great idea, Bob! You have a Canonet that works and does not have the Canon sticky shutter blades syndrome? Beware, shipping from Europe to USA and back could be quite a cost.

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    Dr John Fontana
    December 19, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Count me in Bob. Sounds fun
    John in Ilkley, West Yorks, UK

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    Adam B
    December 19, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds brilliant. Count me in – email sent.

  • Reply
    Eric Norris
    December 19, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Count me in!

  • Reply
    Graham Spinks
    December 19, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    I’d like to join in please. I’m based in Cambridge UK. Will send an email.

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    ivan mendez
    December 19, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    i will love to be part of this crazy adventure and show you guys the colors of the caribbean
    big hugs from Santo Domingo
    y felices fiestas

  • Reply
    Addison
    December 19, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Sounds fun! Email sent.

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    Alfredo Astudillo
    December 19, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    However far away, I’m indeed interested in being part of this project.

    Alfredo from Chile

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    Francois
    December 19, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Great idea, just sent an email!

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    Nik Stanbridge
    December 19, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    I’m in. And can process and digitise film. Email sent.

  • Reply
    Sergio Palazzi
    December 19, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    FUN!!! and I’m a Canonet guy, after all! What about some Italian shot?

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    Sergio Palazzi
    December 19, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Great! And I’m a Canonet guy, after all! What about some Italian shot?

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    Matthias
    December 19, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Sounds fun! Count me in!

    Sent an E-Mail 🙂

    Matthias from Germany

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    Ken
    December 19, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Hi, I’m very interested in participating, I can help with shipping both ways since I’m very far south in São Paulo, Brazil, would love to share some snaps from my country/city in this project!

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    Kelly Barbato
    December 20, 2021 at 3:44 am

    I sent an email.

    Kelly

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    Louis A. Sousa
    December 20, 2021 at 5:52 am

    Hi Bob, I started a project several years ago using a Canonet. We were doing well until one photographer just vanished into the ether with it, and the project ended. Here is a link to the project. All of the photographers did beautiful work with that little camera. I did include a field notes book, hoping it would be returned with the camera when it eventually made its way back, alas that won’t happen. It was a wonderful experience.

    Here is the link: https://victoria862.com

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    Louis A. Sousa
    December 20, 2021 at 5:55 am

    I would love to take part.

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    John
    December 20, 2021 at 8:10 am

    This sounds like a good bit of fun to me. I am also able to develop and digitize the roll if by chance the task happened to fall upon me. Yet, a small but important condition for me would be that to whomever I would then forward the camera would need to be somewhat close to me (postage cost-wise; i.e., not to the USA or Australia, etc.).
    john in Sweden

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    Tobias Eriksson
    December 20, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I’m keen!

    Email sent!

  • Reply
    Marco
    December 20, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Sounds fun, count me in!

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    Rock
    December 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Yes please for a UK only version (if enough takers), international postage just too expensive at the moment. Great idea. Cheers, Rock

    • Reply
      Bob Janes
      December 20, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      Well, it is only the last person in the country who should need to send internationally… I will try to work out a route that cuts customs issues down to a minimum.

  • Reply
    Pavel Hajko
    December 20, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    klidne se pripojim

    • Reply
      Bob Janes
      December 20, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Som vďačný za Google Translate..

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    Andrea V
    December 20, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Super interesting project! I would love to be part of it. I sent an email.

  • Reply
    Damion Blair
    December 21, 2021 at 2:37 am

    I’d love to participate from here in the Pacific Northwest in Oregon!
    Email Sent!
    Damion

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    Danny
    December 21, 2021 at 9:45 am

    I sent an email too, and I have a small suggestion – I would have everyone shoot 5 minimum, 10 maximum with a blank shot (with the lens cap on) to ‘sign off’ so that you can fit 3-4 people on each roll. It’ll also be easier to keep track of who the shots belong to this way.

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    akakios
    December 21, 2021 at 10:16 am

    I would like to participate in this interesting project. Thessaloniki, Greece.

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    David
    December 21, 2021 at 10:38 am

    I’m in, please

    David, London

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    Rafal Ociepa
    December 21, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Count me in! Krakow, Poland can be a beautiful town most times of the year.

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    Tamara Cartwright-Loebl
    December 22, 2021 at 1:34 am

    I’m interested 😃
    Buckinghamshire, UK

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    sonny rosenberg
    December 22, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    What a great idea! Especially with possible repercussions from the new virus variant on the horizon.
    I’d love to participate.

    sonny
    reno nv, usa

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    Alessio
    December 23, 2021 at 9:41 am

    E-mail Sent!

    I would like to participate in this interesting project

    Turin, Italy

  • Reply
    Bob Janes
    December 23, 2021 at 11:39 am

    UPDATE; Thanks to all for the response. I’ve sent out emails to each participant from the Travelling Canonet email address – if you haven’t received it, have a look in your SPAM folder and let me know if you think you have been missed off the list.

    • Reply
      Ken
      December 23, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      I think I didn’t got the e-mail, should I send it again with my contact info?

      • Reply
        Bob Janes
        December 23, 2021 at 4:45 pm

        You were on the list – I will forward a copy – I have an address for you. Have a look out for it in the next half hour and maybe look in a spam folder. If it still hasn’t turned up mail the contact email in the article and I’ll reply to that…

        Bob

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    Luis Maria Rodriguez
    December 24, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve arrived on time… From the north of Spain I would be delighted to be able to participate in this project

  • Reply
    Ferris
    January 24, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    I may be too late, but if you’re looking to tack anyone else on, I’m game.

  • Reply
    Mark
    April 3, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Perhaps if you want to make another circle or 7 around ConUS I’d like to join. Pacific Northwest (Olympic Peninsula) area
    Email sent

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    john /jonathan mcguire
    April 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Hello ..this is great !! my son and i would love to take part …We are in menorca islas baleares ..

    • Reply
      Bob Janes
      April 29, 2022 at 4:26 pm

      Feel free to reply to the email address in the original post. The list is already quite long though…

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