These days too much of the work is done by the camera, it will decide the aperture, the speed, the film speed, the focus, the colour and it will allow you to choose the focal length so you don’t have to move. A whole generation of photographers have no real understanding of the possibilities presented by making these choices yourself.
I write a blog about photography, minutefilm.blogspot.com in which I expand on these themes.
I have come to Holgas only recently, I have worked for the last 22 years for Hasselblad but had become disillusioned with the lack of photography in relation to the amount of technology. Photography should be about the pictures and about getting the best results from the available equipment and materials. I don’t have anything against digital but I really don’t want my camera to make all the decisions for me. What I have tried to do with my Holgas is to see what can be done, to push the boundaries as far as possible, playing to the strengths of the camera.
I sell Holga and Zero Image cameras, Polaroid and Impossible Project Film and other film materials in the UK through my website: http://www.minutefilm.co.uk.
I also write about my personal views on photography on my blog: http://minutefilm.blogspot.com.
All of the images are as shot, they have had only “darkroom” stuff done to them in Photoshop, tweaking of colour and contrast, sharpening for screen use and spotting.
Copyright all images Ben Boswell 2010