As all of you know by now, Holga closed it’s doors last November. Not only did they close their doors, they also destroyed the tooling for the cameras and didn’t bother selling anything. This was very sad news to me, since the Holga is how I jumped into the wide, beautiful, world of film photography.
As soon as I heard the news I jumped online and purchased a new one, since I knew everyone else would be doing the same. I’d been wanting a glass lens one for a long time and was lucky enough to find one that also included a funky flash with gel filters! I’m so glad I jumped on this when I did because Amazon sold out of Holgas that day.
I finally developed my first roll through the new camera! Here are the shots from that roll. They were all made around my small town during a lunch break and walking to work. I used Tri-x.
I also bought some fun accessories, one of them being a selfie lens.
I am very pleased with the results from this camera.
I ended up buying another one “just in case.” So my Holga story continues…
My next Holga shot is one that I’ve always kinda been fond of. I took it on a beautiful spring day in Portland. I beleive this was the first time I used Ektar and I instantly fell in love with it’s saturated tones when I got this roll back.
I think that since the Holga Factory is closing its doors it’s a given that my photoblog posts should feature images I’ve taken with a Holga. So from now until the end of the year I’ll post some of my favorites from the archives.
Here is one I took while hiking with friends at the Sandy River Delta about 3 years ago. It is one of my favorites. I’ve even made darkroom prints of it. There are a lot of shots from that roll that I really like. You can see more Holga shots from that day on this blog post.
I learned yesterday that Holga is closing their doors. I thought that today I would post my first shots made with my Holga and talk about what it means to me.
It was a beautiful, sunny, December day on 2011. I decided to visit Blue Moon Camera And Machine to buy a Holga. I’d done a lot of research and decided that this was the first film camera I wanted to play with. I’d waffled on this decision for months. For some reason I was afraid to take the plunge. The siren song of film was calling me and I couldn’t deny it, but it took me a long time to follow. The day I bought my Holga was also my first visit to Blue Moon. It would be the first of many visits!
The person who sold me the Holga was the proprietor of Blue Moon himself, Jake Shivery. He helped me choose film and showed me how to load it and gave me advice on how to use it. I loaded it up with some Fuji Pro 400h and went out into the beautiful Portland December day and shot this photo
In fact, little did I know that my purchase of this camera would be the start of something big. The purchase of this camera opened me up to a whole wonderful world. If it wasn’t for this black hunk of plastic I wouldn’t be friends with all of these amazing, kind, and wonderful people all over the world. When I took the step to answer the siren call of film photography it changed my life. I am so glad I listened.
It is Thanksgiving today in America. I have a lot of things to be grateful for. But my little Holga is making me feel such gratitude for the film photography community, and the pinhole photography community. My life is so very much enriched because of all of you. Thank you.
See the first shots from my Holga in this post.
See the second roll of film through my Holga in this post (I get a little bit philosophical).
See the the rest of my Holga shots here.