1982 called, they want their camera back
He said, “1982 called, they want their camera back.”
After some serious giggles I said, “No… it’s a Holga. It’s this cheap medium format camera a friend sent us when Gloria was born.” Our friend knew I used to study photography and that I once used a Hasselblad and have been coveting a medium format to call my own. He had told me about a world of inexpensive medium format cameras, and I made a mental note which I never followed up on. So he did for me.
I took some photos with it and they were terribly overexposed but I liked the general aesthetic. I was flummoxed by Holga, followed by preoccupied with my new SLR. But I have a soft spot in my heart for film and for simple cameras. I like darkrooms not computers. I kept wanting to use my Holga but kept leaving it behind. I brought it on my recent trip to Miami – and took almost no pictures. I kept hoarding the shots – which is silly – how will I ever learn how to use it.
Then I was cruising around on TAD, and I saw one of the authors used a Polaroid attachment to their Holga – aka a Holgaroid. I had seen this crazy contraption before, (a character on Scrubs used a Holgaroid) but I thought it was a propmaster creation – a made up instrument of utter coolness that I coveted but could not have. But it turns out that unlike many of the fine features of Pee-Wee’s playhouse (which I also coveted) I can have this cool thing I saw on television.
Then I began to play around online and found this Holga overview courtesy of Lomographic Society International. Who knew my interest in this little piece of plastic would introduce me to a whole subculture?
I have become super excited and plan to get some film, filters, and a cable release adapter. My wee friend will go wherever I go. B&H Photo – here I come!