Archive for May, 2010

i like to bring Holga’s along with me to places where I’d be sad if more expensive cameras were to break. plus, when have you ever busted out a Holga and NOT had someone ask you what the hell it was? this picture is of the surfboard rack at an island in the south pacific called “Namotu”. It means “Magic Island” in the native tongue of the land. An Aussie pro-windsurfer found it and made it into a surf resort over a decade ago. It’s very close to a more well known island called Tavarua.

If you surf… and you can scrape the dough… go.

good luck with hollgavilla.



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It was very difficult deciding which of Marc’s wonderful work to display first!..however this incredible portrait says everything about his talent with the Holga…
Here a little background on Marc and his Holga life:

After starting out in 2004 or so with a 35mm analogue slr, I was in the market for some medium format equipment sometime about 2008. Why medium format? The bigger the better! unfortunately the price for a nice juicy medium forat system was rather big as well, but as I strolled along the medium format websites I discovered the Holga. As the price is ridiculous low I simply bought one, just for the fun of it(and being able to fumble about with 120 rolfilm). Once I got it and did some test rolls I was hooked. I have one of the newer, improved quality type of Holga’s so the centre is pretty sharp, the edges soft, no leaks. The whole idea of not being busy with all kinds of dials on the camera but sheer simplicity of handling was a real eye opener and also that one can produce attractive photographs without the need of making a technical perfect photograph with the help of expensive equipment. Pretty soon I found my “style” of photographing; rather than exploiting and increasing the lack of quality of the Holga I set it up and use it as Hasselblad or any other “true” medium format cam: tripod for long exposures, no lomo out of the hip shots, portraits with multiple strobes etc. The best hing for me about the Holga and this way of working is that I can focus most of my time on the image and not on the equipment which improved my photography (at least that is what I try to convince myself with). So in the end it was a kind of serendipity I got hooked on Holga’s…

I’m from the Netherlands (More exact: Huizen a midsized town 20 minutes east from Amsterdam). My full name is Marc Ilford Wijngaarde. (marc Ilford being my Christian names and Wijngaarde my family name)

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All of the contributors to HOLGAVILLE have sent me such wonderful images it has been difficult to pick one as their initial introduction. Clive’s work is defintely no exception..Please read what he has to say about working with the Holga..

-“Lightweight, cheap and strong, the Holga is ideal for anyone who, like
me, isn’t overly concerned with camera care. The fact that it’s medium
format only adds to its charm. However, the biggest attraction of the
Holga and other such krapkams is the opportunity they offer for
screw-ups, be they light leaks, loosely wound film, multiple exposures
or incorrect framing. It was through one such mistake that I shot the
above picture strip of firefighters, police, the media, shoppers and
office workers all attracted to the scene by a burning building in
Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district.”

I have a number of little websites and blogs. As this is Holga, please
see my link to here: http://cargocollective.com/clivevictorfrance#–

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Holgaville wants to congratulate Stuart and Laura (Lara) on their marriage on Saturday May 22,2010…Have a wonderful Day!

”I pretty much just do reportage film photography, shooting on black and white negative film with vintage cameras and hand developing it all in my darkroom. That’s what I love, but it can get a bit formulaic, so the Holga is my escape!

I have a terrible memory so I have taken photos for years to help me remember things. People know that, so on occasion give me cameras… some good, some bad. My Holga was one of the good ones and was actually a present from my fiancée (who I marry in just over a week!)

The Holga is totally different from the rangefinders I use daily. With those I can be pretty sure what the negatives will look like, whereas the Holga is always full of surprises.”

My site is http://www.swoodallphotography.com
My blog is http://daily35.com
My Flickr is http://www.flickr.com/photos/31354685@N05/

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My name is Jose Manuel Madrona and I live in Valencia, Spain. I’ve been using a Holga and other toy cameras plus 5 years.
I love this project and would be very happy to participate.
Since I discovered the world of toy cameras and especially the Holga camera I have not stopped shooting with them.
the magic of plastic lenses help me channel my artistic ideas and are helpful for my poems and texts.
I love the Holga and I would like to share my shots with a lot more people.
You can see part of my work on my blog http://elbufondelear.blogspot.com and soon in MyWeb http://www.blurrystuff.com.

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I’ve been making photographs with toy cameras since I started photography six years ago having taken a pinhole workshop in Woodstock NY with Craig Barber. I have a holga, a holga pinhole and a holga zoneplate that I currently use for most of my images. The simplicity of toycameras is so nice and when I get a really good image it’s like I was blessed.
Thank you and much success with Holgaville.
Bill DeLanney

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Another Holga shooter joins us today! I have long enjoyed the work of Mauricio..thrilled to be sharing some of his terrific work here..Check out his website and blog for more terrific work! He tells us a little about the above image…

“The picture of the big building is the “Copan Building” and it’s in the heart of Sao Paulo my homecity in Brazil, it was design by the architect Oscar Niemeyer. I was on the top of a skycraper just next to it when I took this picture…the view over the city is amazing ! It’s my favourite spot and I always take pictures whenever I got back home to visit my parents. There’s bar and a posh restaurant on the top but you don’t have use it in order to appreciate the view, just ask the nice lady at the reception and she’ll let you in !”


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