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 Gitswap.org!



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 Gitswap.org.

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!

From Barcelona to Barcelona


I am very excited to see another result from the Transatlantic Pinswap camera! This is a little project I came up with a couple of years ago. My friend, Todd Schlemmer provided the camera. We shoot a roll of film, rewind it, and then send it on to another person. They double expose the roll, shoot another roll, rewind, rinse, repeat. 🙂 check it out! It’s a bit slow going (cause it’s pinhole) but always fun to see a new post. This particular post features Jana and  Jesús.

The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Film Swap Project

The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Camera made the long journey from Jesus in Barcelona to my home in Seattle just two months ago. I got a little nervous when Jesus informed me the camera had been sent in February and a month later I still hadn’t received notice of delivery.

Thank goodness luck was on our side and about a week later a USPS notice appeared on my door. I drove to the post office and picked up a square box which rattled and made a noise like a child’s toy when the post officer placed it on the table. Inside the box was the camera, a few ziploc bags filled with 3D printed goodies, a notebook (gasp!) and a big magnet about Norfolk. I added a Seattle magnet from my fridge.


I shot Jesus’ exposed roll around Seattle, during dim sum with friends, then took it on the journey with me back…

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Alex VS Hank


I am very excited to share the latest results from the Great Transatlantic Pinhole Film Swap Project! These are Hank and Alex’s photos and they turned out great. Perhaps this will also serve as an opportunity to introduce you to the project/website and, perhaps, you will also subscribe. 🙂

The Great Transatlantic Pinhole Film Swap Project

Hi everyone!  I’m very happy to participate!

I believe Alex said he underexposed his shots by -1, but I mostly didn’t, so my exposures dominate his a little, in some photos.

I shot my roll at the Seattle Public Library, with the exception of one shot at dim sum, where I gaffer taped the camera on a small tripod to the lazy susan.  This was an imitation of a great pinhole shot of Jana’s, a few years ago.


Here are the rest of the shots from the library.

On an upper floor, there were some small architectural models of buildings which I shot close up.  Each floor of the model was only about 4cm high.   These photos turned out great, because of the real-life buildings in the double exposure.


Here’s one where Alex’s exposure was stronger than mine, but you can still see one of the buildings in the…

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