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…