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.

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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! 😉


  1. Simmo
    October 16, 2011

    Awesome! That’s really cool that those people took part and went along with it! They could have just ignored the instructions and posted it.

  2. Eddyg
    October 16, 2011

    I forgot the flash yes, but at least I dressed up for my photo!!

  3. October 16, 2011

    And all those postmen in high-vis jackets didn’t dress for the occasion?

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