I have new Holga photos up on both my Flickr and JPG Magazine profiles. I’m just really loving getting away from digital photography occasionally and going back to shooting film, especially with the Holga.
In case you need a refresher my dear readers, the Holga is a cheap plastic toy camera that leaks light through the edges, has a plastic lens, no control over the aperture or shutter speed (though there is a bulb setting) yet uses high quality medium format (120) film. The results are usually unpredictably beautiful!
As usual when I shoot film through the Holga, there is no photoshopping involved (other than to save the scanned negatives as jpgs) so what you see here is how the camera shot it.
So far, I have only loaded my Holgas with various black and white film (usually the Ilford Delta series of films, which is becoming my favorite film) but on my next outing, I will be loading up a roll of Fuji Velvia RVP100 color slide film and then cross-processing it to hopefully get some fun and unexpected results. Stay tuned!
Yesterday was the first-ever Photographers’ Rights Rally in Los Angeles, Ca. The event, known as National Photographers’ Rights Day, or NPRD, was organized by “Discarted” and a flickr group was created to explain the motivation behind the rally and to share information and photos from the event.
We met at the Hollywood and Highland Metro Station and after a couple of hours getting to know each other, camera gear discussions and taking photos, we took the Redline down to Union Station.
I met some great people, took a few cool pictures and wished that this was a monthly event (at least) as it was just too important to be a once a year thing and it was a great experience as well; to get out on the streets and capture the many characters of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles.
This particular photo was taken at Union Station of video-blogger Naomi Mercer interviewing Discarted about the Photographers’ Rights Rally. To see more photos from my perspective, you can view my flickr set created for the event.
Today I received an email stating that one of my favorite photos, the Abandoned Train Car, has been selected for inclusion in LightLeaks Magazine! I love this magazine; dedicated to those who use low-fi cameras such as the Holga.
The person who selected my photo was Aline Smithson, the guest photo editor for upcoming issue #10. She was a photo editor for Vogue Patterns in New York and has worked as a photo editor and fashion stylist for some of the top photographers in the industry. Now she shows her own photographic work in galleries across the country.
I’m honored to have my photo published in this magazine and hope this, as well as my recent commissioned work will help to launch my new career as a photographer.
Some details about this photo: I used a Holga 120S loaded with expired Ilford Delta 3200 Pro film (which is a grainy medium format or 120 film.) Yes, this is film not digital and no Photoshopping was involved other than to save the photo as a jpg from the scanned negative.
The warehouse and the workers who pack and ship tens of thousands of products each day are the subject as I continue on with this photo essay.
The warehouse itself was overwhelming, but the workers were happy, hard working and personable as they worked their sections.