The Holga – THE CULT PHENOMENON

Jose Fernandez

Welcome to the wonderful world of the plastic camera. If you like surprises and an unusual look to your photos, the Holga may be a great addition to your kit.

So, what is a Holga? It’s a medium format camera that happens to be all plastic. Yes, even the lens is plastic. They are a very basic camera with one shutter speed of approximately 1/125 and bulb, two f/stops of approximately f/8 and 11, a 60mm PLASTIC lens with adjustable focusing, Built-in flash and uses 120 colour or black and white film.

You never know what you’re going to get with your Holga and no two Holga’s are the same. It’s a great camera to experiment with.

After trawling many Holga websites for the best deal, as well as checking out as many holga “fanatics” websites I could find, I finally ordered my first little toy, in fact is was the first film camera I had ever owned.

As soon as it arrived in the post, I ripped opened the box, loaded some film and grabbed some black tape, yes black tape and started sealing all the joins and cracks, anywhere where light could get in.

This camera is about fun, the unexpected, and the unusual. What you get is a look you can’t really achieve any other way and it is always a surprise to see your images when you get the prints or files back from the lab

It’s now been a couple of years since I first opened the box to my shiny (ok the plastic isn’t really that shiny) new Holga 120s, I haven’t used it in a while, but after writing this post, I think I have just inspired myself to roll on some Kodak 120 ultra colour 400 UC!

Oh and one word of advice – DON’T FORGET TO REMOVE THE LENS CAP!

Well known wedding photographer Graham Monro from GM Photographics has been known on occasion to pull out his holga, giving his clients the choice of something different.

Graham has a shiny new website where you can view all his fine art images, some of them using the plastic fantastic camera!

Checkout Grahams website for yourself at GM Photographics

For more information on the holga and an endless amount of reading and inspiration check out these websites dedicated to this little gem.
lomography
holgamods
Flickr
Holga Inspire

Jose

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One Response to “The Holga – THE CULT PHENOMENON”

  • Vote -1 Vote +1Rob
    Says:

    I love my Diana camera…but if you want to post some pointers on using it I’d appreciate it :)

    So far, my shots are OK, but not as good as I had expected.

    RM