We welcome another Holga master to our realm today..
Read some words from Warren…..
Jack Barnosky at Sam Houston State University first introduced me to the Holga in 1992. A few of us in his Alt Process class ordered several from the Maine Photo Workshops that year. A few rolls into it and I was hooked, but I was steeped in the details of the Zone System and large format photography at the time. I continued to use it for fun but underestimated the potential for many years. The appeal for me is all in the imperfections and lack of controls. I’m a control freak and a perfectionist by nature and I spent my school years chasing the f/64 aesthetic. Working for a commercial photographer for 7 years after that then moving into a quality control position in a NASA photo lab is more of the same. Using a Holga is the opposite of those pursuits and its all about emotion for me. You still have to know light and exposure, and you have to get to know your camera, but even with all of that knowledge there are surprises in store. Light leaks, aberrations, spotty focus, all contribute to the emotion. It’s a cheap camera so I can use it in situations where I’d be scared to death to screw up an expensive camera. With a Holga I don’t think twice about holding it out the car window, walking into a swimming pool or otherwise putting it in harm’s way. The Holga lets me loosen up, roll with it, expect some problems and enjoy the results.