The Great Transatlantic Pinholga Filmswap Project


flowers on the water

Today’s image is from a recent film swap I did with my buddy Brendan, which has led to a project I recently started, and that I am going to share with you today. I am really excited about it!

Several months ago I did a film swap that involved sending my Pinholga to Ireland so that Brendan could double expose over the roll I had already shot. He then reciprocated by shooting a roll, re-winding it, and delivering the camera back to me when we met in Amsterdam. I re-shot the roll in Portland later that month.  The photo above is from the second roll. You can see my favorites from the two rolls here and here.  You can read Brendan’s blog post about it here.

It was a lot of fun seeing my camera on location in Ireland and I was tempted to ask him to send it along to someone else, but I didn’t really have a solid plan in my head for where it should go so I put the idea on the back-burner.

Well. I found out last Friday that the Traveling Yashica is on it’s way to me.  I am going to shoot two rolls with this camera, One for me and one to rewind, put back in the camera, and send back to Hamish where he will re-shoot the roll.

Thinking about this  was the catalyst that brought my idea to fruition: The Great Transatlantic  Pinholga Filmswap Project.  It will be a traveling camera project, like the Traveling Yashica, but with a film swap, pinhole twist. Two rolls of film will be shot. The camera will come loaded with film that has been shot and rewound by the previous person. Then they will shoot another roll, rewind it, and send it on to the next person on the list. And so on, and so on.

I asked a few of my pinhole photography friends if they were interested and I received lots of great feedback and have a nice list of people that will take the project through for a few months!

The idea came to me on Friday and by Sunday morning I’d created a blog for my project. It even has it’s own Twitter and IG hashtag! You can follow it’s adventures on social media here!

If you are interested in the project you can follow the blog:

The Great Transatlantic Pinholga Filmswap Project

If you are interested in participating let me know! The more the merrier!

I am so excited to see how this all plays out!!

Film swap with Inge – round 2!

flowers mingle across the Atlantic

Flowers mingle across the Atlantic.

I did another film swap with my friend Inge last month. I’ve been meaning to post the results but, honestly, my blogging mojo has fallen by the wayside. I am having a really hard time finding the motivation to write in general lately. I am hoping that today’s post with get the old blogging juices flowing again.

This time around I sent a roll of film overseas to Inge. I shot my roll at Bagby Hotsprings, the day I write about in this blog post, actually. She decided to shoot the roll while she was on vacation in Germany. The results are really cool! Here are a few more of my favorites:


Graffitied Chateau

The man in the house

My husband is the man in the house.


These are always lots of fun. It’s so interesting to see how everything shakes out when you get the images back.

If you are interested in doing a film swap with me I’d love it! Let me know in the comments!

Friday Wonder

Brendan's exposure is the shot of the seagulls. Mine is the poster.

Brendan’s exposure is the shot of the seagulls. Mine is the poster and Downtown Portland in the background.

The more I look at this photo (from the latest film swap with Brendan of Aware Of The Void) the more I love it. I kind of want it to be somebody’s album cover. I kind of want to start a band so I can use this as an album cover. I will name the album (what else) Friday Wonder.

Here are some other faves from this round:

The photographed and the photographer

The photographed and the photographer

When I took the photo above I was feeling a bit brave. I thought I would take some candid ninja shots of strangers. Unfortunately this dude in the food cart gave me the most hostile look known to man. It kind of freaked me out, frankly. It may be awhile before I conjure up the courage to try it again. The photographer is Brendan whom I admire for being able to take candid street photos of strangers.

Meanwhile, under the bridge

Meanwhile, under the bridge

This is a shot of a couple getting married under the St. John’s bridge in Portland. I happened to click the trigger the moment the couple kissed. I didn’t mean to – it just happened to work out that way. Interesting when that happens. I like the way the foliage from Brendan’s shot gives more more depth to the photo.

Kids Welcome

Kids Welcome

I like the birds.

If you are interested in doing a film swap with me let me know! It’s lots of fun.

More International film swap fun (and a discussion about photo manipulation)


The International Film Swap with Brendan continues (as I previously mentioned)! Hooray! I am really enjoying these collaborations.  Here are my favorites from this round (Click on a photo to start the slide show).

My shots were taken in Santa Cruz & San Francisco. His were taken at the Grand Canal in Dublin, Ireland. Again. if you are interested in participating get in touch with him! It’s fun and easy. Just shoot a roll of film & pop it in the mail. I am also down, too, if you are interested in sending film my way. I am in possession of a film leader retrieval tool so I am able to expose over your roll of film if you are so inclined. Just let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

OK. Now for a bit of a rant discussion about some questions that have been raised about this project. Feel free to stop here and enjoy the photos or click “Continue Reading” to read the rest of the post.