A bit about me & my Holga 🙂
During the introductory year at the Foto Academie in Amsterdam we had to choose a “special project”. I chose to document the disappearing “corner cafes” in the Amsterdam Jordaan neighborhood. The Jordaan being originally a (day-)laborer’s neighborhood where a lot of the little money people earned was spent on drinking alcohol, it had a (proverbial) “cafe on every corner”. Nowadays the area is a very trendy neighborhood to live in with property prices that are sky-rocketing high. As a consequence most of the old corner cafes have disappeared. I found that there were only six remaining. I decided to shoot this series on film with a camera that would sort of reflect the atmosphere of those cafes in days gone-by. So I went and bought my first Holga.
I have been using it since, plus a whole range of other ‘lo-fi’ cameras, on a regular basis during the last two and a half years.