You may ask what possessed me to buy a circa 100 year old camera and expect it to work! Especially one bought on Etsy, right? Well my next post will allow you to make that judgement for yourself. But for now, lets enjoy the ‘Grand Unboxing’:
A recent Petapixel article discusses a bit about the camera, but see the info for specs at the end. Now for our first view of the camera:
The 120 film model was produced from 1913-1927. I’m still investigating the exact age of mine, but it appears to be a 1913 model. Excellent!
Special Autographic Features. But be aware that you really can’t use this feature anymore. It required special film.
Read the Specs at Camerapedia:
From my Experimental Photography Days……….
You can follow The Littlest Holga on Twitter (@Littlest_Holga). Probably the most successful thing I’ve ever done with on-line photography was sending a Purple Fluorescent Holga to @Givemeabiscuit (on Twitter) as part of my first EMULSIVE Secret Santa. Half serious and half a joke, Holga was at that time going out of business. So I thought it would be a good gift.
Now Littlest Holga travels the world making fun and fabulous images. Holga was my introduction to medium format during an Experimental Photography class in Monterey. I was so inspired by Holga that I chose to use it for my first 6 months of the 52 Rolls Project. So here are a few of my recent Holga Favorites…..
And Early Holgas from that Experimental Photography Class:
And an image made using the Fisheye lens gift that I received from my first Secret Santa…….
And Below….My Holga Panorama Pinhole……..
See More of My Holgas Here
You won’t find my Don Anderson listed online. He died recently and his website has been taken down. Too Bad, because as my Instructor for Experimental Methods and Alternative Processes at Monterey Peninsula College, He was a huge influence. I was introduce to photographic concepts I would never have tried on my own.
So let me show some examples of techniques I never would have tried without Don Anderson:
Cyanotypes & Van Dykes:
Experimental Developing Methods:
Crappy Cameras, Holga & Diana:
The most important thing that I learned was, that even if these are not methods you will focus on, the exposure to these methods will have a positive influence on your Mainstream Photography.
I thought about starting this Series when I heard that “Mountain Light’, Galen & Barbara Rowell’s Gallery, was closed, and that was my first post. Reading his books was a turning point in my use of E-6 films. I wanted to start acknowledging the Photographers that have influenced me and what about them I find Inspiring.
So I thought of lots of “Famous” Photographers”, some of whom I’ve actually met, and put them on my ‘to do list’. But Lately I’ve realized that my ‘colleagues’ (people that are amongst the best but not famous yet?) are perhaps MORE inspiring. People whose Blogs and Tweets I care to follow must mean something to me, right?
Unfortunately, some of those who Inspired me, Like Galen Rowell, have passed on. Their websites may no longer exist. But I will share with you wrk that I never would have tried without their Inspiration.
So, If I’m following you, especially if we communicate a lot, you may see yourself here.