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)
The extraordinary images of Marc Ilford | Holga portraits!
May 27, 2010 by holgaville