Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I had some down time between Spring and Summer semester last week and loaded my new 35mm Holga camera with some 400 ISO Black and White film and went meandering around my neighborhood with plastic camera in hand. Sure I love shooting with my Canon 5D, but I must admit the total simplicity of the Holga and the magical / painterly quality of the images it captures due to its plastic lens can be really fun (and a challenge) to shoot.
You never really know how the camera is going to translate your subject matter. This was my first time shooting with the 35mm Holga and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with my negatives after pulling them out of the fixer earlier today. I still love developing film, although I don’t do enough of it anymore. Its just so much easier to pick up the 5D and shoot away. Now that retirement is around the corner I’ll be shooing lots more film and hope to have more time to do my photography instead of spending all my time teaching it.
So without further ado here as some of my favorites from that first roll. They are not as soft on the edges as the medium format Holga, but still have that other worldly dream like quality. The beauty of making photographs with a cheap and simple plastic camera is you focus your attention more to creating the image than the technical aspects of the photographic process. Click here to see my older Holga and Diana Camera medium format images. Enjoy!