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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Holgarama

In times where cameras are so perfect and post-processing possibilities unlimited, it is somewhat relieving to use a crappy $15 toy camera. It feels so light in your hands, and pressing the shutter feels so incredible cheap and rogue, it's a big pleasure to use it. Imperfections are considered interesting in the toy-camera world. In fact, they are so poorly built that each camera has its own unique errors, producing unique looking images. Here are my first results from my Holga. I modified my camera a little to prevent light from leaking into the camera body. The scanned images however I just shrank a little and added my web address, other than that, they are completely untouched. That's part of my Holga deal: don't touch.

I used a 400 ISO black and white medium format film. This was the first time I used film at all, and must admit that I was a bit shocked when I learned that getting roll of 12 exposures developed costs me as much as the whole camera did. Plus $5 for purchasing the film. No wonder film died so quickly. However, I strongly believe that some sort of analog photography will have a big revival at some point in the future.



10 comments:

Maria said...

I get goosebumps looking at the pictures above. Very well job done!

Oliver said...

Goosebumps really? Nice :)

Metacom Creative said...

I know what you mean! I've been using a SuperSampler recently, and it's a nice change of pace from my DSLR with endless options. Nice shots!

Oliver said...

Oh, someone who understands me. Yesterday I tried to explain this to a friend who just bought his first DSLR. From the look on his face I can tell that there wasn't much understanding.

a.q.s. said...

untouched in photography is like a 40 year old virgin story, no?! wow. i can't believe they are untouched. i hope you continue on with these as you go back to the big toys...

Oliver said...

If you see it like this, you could consider my other images tainted - to say it mildly.

a.q.s. said...

nooooo...they are wild promiscuous heathens, in that case, not just "tainted". :)

Oliver said...

That's a nice way to put it. I can live with that.

fang said...

just noticed that the direct translation of Holga cameras in Chinese is equivalent to "monkey king".. well they were originally made in China anyway :)

Oliver said...

Why would they call it Monkey King?

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