Around the World in 80 Cameras

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We all know the story on ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Intrepid explorer Phileas Fogg is bet he can’t travel around the world – from outside the door of London’s famous Reform Club and back again – within 80 days.

Well, World on Film is doing its own take on Jules Verne’s classic tale. And in an example of one-upmanship that would make Fogg’s moustache bristle in anticipation, we’re making it even more ambitious.

Around the World in 80 Cameras will be World on Film’s own analogue journey around the world. We’ll start with Kosmo Foto profiling London (the city he’s called home since the mid-90s) with one of the film cameras from his collection.

The action will then move on to another correspondent, profiling the city they live in on one of their cameras. And so on, and so on, and so on, until we arrive back in London, with one last review and very possibly a selfie on the steps of the Reform Club for good measure.

By the end we’ll have visited 80 different cities and been introduced to 80 different cameras.

Here’s where you come in – I’m looking for writers/reviewers who are up for taking part.

Everyone who gets a post published in our round-the-world trip gets three rolls of Kosmo Foto Mono as a thank you.

So here’s what to do:

  • Send an email to foto.dowling@gmail.com with the subject ‘Around the World in 80 Cameras’ and in the email tell me what city you’re in and what camera you’ll be featuring.
  • I’ll work out the list of how we’ll travel the world and let you know if you’re on the journey. I’ll announce that on 30 November.
  • From there, I’ll announce the date the series will kick off.
  • I’ll be looking to publish one post a week on World on Film, so we’ll have a little time for people to shoot, develop, scan and write their piece.
  • Your post should be at least 500 words and include two images of your camera (digital pics are fine) and at least eight images of the city taken on your film camera. Your post should be about both the camera you’re shooting on and the city you live in. List the reasons why you love your camera, how you got it, where it’s been with you. Tell us about your life in the city where you live. Think of it as a postcard to the film-loving community.

Good luck – I can’t wait to see your submissions.

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