I recently saw a web page about a project called CameraMail. The idea is simple – you post a disposable camera to a friend with instructions for postal workers to take their photos using the camera along the way. Hopefully, at the end you are left with a series of pictures, documenting the camera’s journey.
I bought a cheap Fuji camera and stuck it to a sturdy piece of corrugated cardboard with a hot-melt glue gun. It stuck rock solid, so I then decorated the board with various instructions to make it stand out in the sorting office.
Below the camera, I stuck an address label in the plain black area. It was addressed to my brother Edmund in Nuneaton – a journey of around 110 miles if you drive directly. I have no idea of the route taken by the CameraMail.
Here I am, just about to post the CameraMail in Bristol. It’s a shame I didn’t have time to post it in the post office during office hours, as I might have got another photo or two.
From here on, I have no idea where any of these pictures were taken. Just enjoy the pictures! A couple of the negatives came out completely blank, so I assume either someone took photos indoors without a flash, or the camera accidentally went off in a sack of letters.
I am guessing this photo was taken in Nuneaton, as the mail seems to be out for delivery in a small van.
And finally, Edmund received the CameraMail safe and sound. Unfortunately, he seems to be too young to know that you have to use a flash if you use film indoors! 😛
So please allow me to give my thanks to the postal workers who participated and took photos. I hope it was fun for you, too.
Sorry it has taken me a little while to get these photos online. The CameraMail was posted on 2nd August, and took around 3 weeks to arrive. Then, it took me a while to get round to processing the film. 🙂
I might try this again some time – but perhaps with a route that’s a bit more exciting than up the M5 to Nuneaton. If anybody reading this lives in the Orkney Islands, let me know! 😉