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This was taken a while back on my holga120 the film was probably foma400
and developed in caffenol-c.

My holga is very much modified to stop light leaks, to create darker corners
and to improve film transport tension. of all my film cameras i think i like this
most of all. I love the dark and blurry corners and of course the unpredictability
of the lens. Whats next on the list of mods is a second proper aperture and a
cable release.

I have been using cameras for between 15 and 20 years on and off but i broke into
lo-fi cameras and photography with the Holga about a year and a half ago as above
this is probably my most used film camera.

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Another part of the planet heard from..Read what Mel Bligh from Austrailia has to say about this colorful Holga work!
” I am totally in love with my holga & road trips up and down the East coast of Australia capturing various 60’s/70’s Motels, most of which are destined to be knocked down.

I actually have three Holgas now allowing me to take shots on different film stocks, preferably expired agfa YAY!!”

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A bit of information from Lauren…..
“I’ve had my Holga for a few years but I don’t use it anywhere near as much as I should.
The thing that attracted me to lo-fi photography is that you don’t need expensive equipment to create beautiful images. I think people can get too caught up in having the latest equipment, the most expensive lens. ..
I have a photo blog at – http://www.loloholmes.tumblr.com I have quite an eclectic collection of work up there but at the moment I’ve been enjoying getting back to basics with my Diana Mini.
I just like to experiment a lot! I’ve got 25 film cameras so i’m always using a different one. I really like cross processing though. i’ve found with some Fuji films and the right lighting conditions the results are quite subtle.
Unfortuantly I always forget to keep notes on what camera/film combination I use for each shoot so I can’t tell you exactly what I used! Actually I need to start doing this cause it’s pretty annoying when I want to recreate a certain look but can’t!! “

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a bit from James…..

James is a small, bald photographer, graphic designer and illustrator from Northern England. He likes cheese and pickle sandwiches, composting, and holidays in Cornwall. General hobbies include cycling along country lanes, feeding garden birds, playing the ukulele, and starting small fires.

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I had a difficult time deciding on which image to show for Vicky’s first visit to Holgaville!..like all the other Holgaville visitors..her work is breathtaking!
Read what she has to say….

“My Holga. We’re very similar. Whilst I’m not held together with a red elastic band and masking tape we’re both bent out of shape and pretty robust. And I like that.
I’ve had mine for 5 years now and probably don’t use it as much as I could, I still get thrown by the relatively wide lens but I think that’s something I need to experiment with more, especially with portraits.
It’s kind of easy and difficult to use because it has such a strong aesthetic….I don’t want pictures to be defined by the camera but at the same time try to exploit those characteristics, it doesn’t always work how I’d like.
I guess I know when it’s the right tool even if I can’t say why and we seem to get on okay sometimes.”

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