Saturday, February 7, 2009

Holga + the Dead Dolls

I was ready to photograph these dolls, equipped with not only my new Nikon p60, but my cheapo plastic toy camera, the Holga, which I love dearly. Holga's were invented in Hong Kong in the early '80's as a cheap alternative to the expensive cameras that were now in big demand. It uses medium format 120 film, and whats really fun is that since it is made of plastic, there are light leaks which give you totally unpredictable results.
You can also do also sorts of manupulations to get wild results like double, triple exposure, using colored flash filters to cast a color over your photos, all sorts of crazy stuff. You never know what you will get with a Holga til the film comes back.
Check out the official Holga site here.
You can order them through this site, or Urban Outfitters has started carrying them too. I highly recommend it but it is not for the photographer that is precison minded.

I knew the dolls on Isla de las Munecas could respond well to my Holga.


deMeng said...

the Holga shots are the pinks.

so retro...

Leslie said...

I love these Holga shots as well. I may have to stop into Urban Outfitters today.

By the way, send me your e-mail address and I'll explain how I enlarge my photos.

kathy mc said...

What an amazing, life altering journey you and Michael must have had. These photo's are incredible. I found you through his blog. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see them all!

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