Archive for April, 2011
A brief intro from Eric!
I resisted the Holga for a long time. While the other vintage and toy cameras in my arsenal were cute and midcentury-looking, the Holga was pretty plain. Nothing too exciting there, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. As soon as I put a roll through a Holga, I knew that it would become my go-to camera. I shoot everything with my Holga 120N. I take my cameras on my travels, but I also photograph more frequently around Minneapolis, Minnesota. I look for beautiful and visually interesting objects and landscapes, and I often go searching for strange sights tucked away just around a corner or down a street. The resulting images are captured memories or what I saw. In addition, Holga photographers are some of the most kind and supportive folks out there– I’ve loved the camaraderie over the past few years!
I have loved Anna’s work for a long time and am thrilled she has sent some images to share with us..Check out her website,her work is incredible..read what she has to say about working with the Holga!..
My first Holga was a gift from a friend. He bought it when he was in Florida for vacation. Before that I had seen so many amazing images, browsing through different Flickr Holga groups so I was very excited to finally have one of my own. What I love the most of shooting with Holga is the somewhat lack of control of the outcome. To me that’s an totally opposite way of working, from when I photograph digitally.
¨Selected images from my summer series, really just snapshots of my familys lazy days. The location is southern part of an island named Gotland a few miles outside of Sweden. A place where we go for our summer vacation every year.
A place to relax after a long winter¨
I picked up a Holga few years ago. I started with black and white film and silver printing. I really loved the physicality of being in a darkroom. And I started to experiment with printing processes, so naturally that transferred over to my Holga work. I love working with Holgas because it gives me open space for experimentation and a way to bring in a level of craft.
a few words from our latest contributor…..
I first got my hands on a Holga around 1991 when I saw it listed in the Maine Photography Workshops catalog. Upon it’s arrival I was less than excited about it’s lack of controls and even less excited by the outcomes. Let’s just say that a Hasselblad it wasn’t. So I pitched into the corner with a lot of other antique and novelty cameras I had picked up at flea markets and yard sales. But about a decade later, one afternoon after happening upon an online gallery of toy camera created imagery I cleaned the dust off the old Holga, wrapped it in gaffer’s tape and haven’t put it down since. I guess I own about 5 of them and probably 15 or 20 more plastic toy cameras and for the most part all of my more creative endeavors in photography utilize these as tools.
I constantly praise the Holga now for what initially I hated about it. The lack of control. I have embraced not having to worry about the many technical aspects of photography, instead i can focus on the moment, the mood and the potential of the image. Sometimes you get the shot, sometimes you don’t…but many times I am surprised just how good the camera is with such limitations inherent in such an inexpensive device.
thanks and keep up the great work…