The Analog Revolution

So, there I was. All happy in my nice little fluffy land of my lovely D9o DSLR. You can take over 1000 pictures on a nice, relatively cheap 16Gb SD card, it’s re-useable so no costs there, you’ve just got to spend your time afterwards in post processing. I love my digital workflow…

My Holga 120 CFN from the lovely @justkristin

My plasticky, wonderfully low-fi, analog Holga Colour Flash

Then, someone, a lovely someone at that, who I’d never met and only ever spoken through my twitter account, (yes, that means you @justkristin) offered to send me a Holga that they didn’t use.
From a whole ‘nother continent and everything.

So of course, I said yes and some time later, this badly put together, poor quality, plasticky, plastic lensed monstrosity (I’d never handled a holga before…) turned up on the doorstep. This put it several leagues beyond any film camera I’d ever used before, you understand…

So, now I’m down to a limit of twelve 6×6 medium format negatives on a roll, each roll of which will cost me 12 whole english pounds (!) to develop and scan (at low resolution, more for better resolution scans…), no instant feedback, no integral meter, 2 shutter speeds, fixed aperture, guess to focus… The list goes on…

Despite all that, I’ve now put two films through the camera, one B&W and one colour negative film, and while it’s inconvenient, the focus is , well, shit, and the pictures are as soft as a badly under-inflated balloon, especially if you miss focus (which is most of the time).

The thing is though, the good pictures are great. I genuinely love some of the ones I’ve shot from the first couple of rolls, and a couple will even get framed and hung, and there’s always a fantastic sense of anticipation when you get the shots back, you never quite know what you’re going to get, something I’d completely forgotten about since going digital.

There also seems to be one other consequence of getting a Holga, I’ve now got a growing collection of other film cameras to try, ranging in vintage from a 1920’s Voigtlander folding camera to a 1970’s Olympus OM10. Ebay is a very, very dangerous place right now…

Portmeirion housing and statue - multiple exposure taken on expired Kodak Portra 160 VC roll film using a Holga 120 CFN Passageway and waterfall - multiple exposure taken on expired Kodak Portra 160 VC roll film using a Holga 120 CFN Photobombing - multiple exposure taken on Ilford HP5 plus using a Holga 120 CFN

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