Great International Terrapin Swap

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There are new results for the Gitswap Camera! This time from Donna in Portland, Oregon and Jesús in Barcelona, Spain. Here is my favorite from the bunch, but you can see the rest here. And if you are interested in signing up or more infomation about the project, you can find it at


But First


This is kind of related to my trip to England, but totally not related at the same time. I wanted to share the first results from the Great International Terrapin Swap with you. Our first participant was Andrew from England, whom I met on Pinhole Day in Norwich. It was super fun to meet in person and watch him in action! Here are the results from our swap. You can see more over on my Flickr album.

And if you are interesting in participating check out!


The Great International Terrapin Swap


A long time ago, 4 years ago in fact, I started a little project called the Great Transatlantic Filmswap project. The project has had a couple of false starts, sadly. But I’m not ready to give up on it because I believe in it! It has been renamed The Great International Terrapin Swap, to be more world inclusive, and new camera has been 3d printed, and we are ready to release it into the world. You can find out more, sign up, and follow it’s adventures at

In the meantime here are a few test shots from the new camera. The camera is a Terrapin Oskar made by Todd Schlemmer. I used Portra 160.


Fallen Apple


People at Pittock Mansion




The other day I was lamenting to my husband the death of one of my little pet projects, The Great Transatlantic Pinswap Project. It’s been more than a year since the last participant received the camera and no results. I finally reached the conclusion that the project was just dead and was ready to accept it and move on.  Hence the reason for the the title of this post (which is today’s WordPress writing prompt).

Disastrous is probably a bit too emo a word for my situation, but whatever.

Still, I was kind of sad. I thought it was a cool project and had some plans for it. But sometimes things don’t work out and that’s life.

It was with great surprise that the next day my buddy Todd, the one who build the camera for the project, posted something on the project’s Facebook page about 3d printing a new camera for the project. He, literally, read my mind. I mean, for real mind meld shit.

So I had a pow wow with Todd and my other friend Inge (who has also been helping me) and we are planning a re-boot of the project! It’s going to be a fresh start. I’m so EXCITED!

I will talk more about it as we get closer to restarting the project. But if you are interested in learning more, head on over to the project’s current website and check it out! We are going to be creating a new website and even changing the name to be more world inclusive. Stay tuned!