My Holga Hollie is the One for Me!

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My Holga was my first Lomographic camera and I've fallen for her totally!

I first encountered my beloved Holga at the Lomo store in Barcelona. I was completely smitten by her bright amazing colours (I have the CMY version) and I figured that even if I couldn’t manage to get any good pics from her then I definitely had a head turning necklace!

My first pics weren’t that great compared to some that I’d seen, and I mainly put that down to using the 6×4 mask instead of the 6×6. There’s just something so much more appealing to me about the square format pics than the rectangular. In fact, I don’t think I even know where the 6×4 mask is any more… and I very rarely use the 6×6 mask now. Go bare baby!

I love that there are so many things you can do with a Holga, I’m always trying to think of new and exciting ways to use her; 120 films, 35mm films, colour negative, colour transparency, black and white, she’ll eat them all up!

I’ve tried my own masks, redscale, double exposures everything I can think of! I even used her to make an animation, see my tipster of the week ‘fashion is for fashion people’ (sorry, I don’t know how to link it in here!)

Just a few bad points… she doesn’t seem to like winding the slide film quite as well as she does other kinds of films. Although this can give some really exciting light leaks when I unload her, so maybe this isn’t SUCH a bad thing! Unfortunately my Hollie’s flash isn’t really working any more… I don’t know what to do about this, it’s just a little temperamental, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, maybe I need someone to look at her…

Overall I really think that my Holga has really opened me up to be more experimental with my photography, and I’ll always love her for that. Sure the pics are not always the sharpest most ‘correct’ photographs, but don’t we have other cameras for that sort of thing?

written by hansie14 on 2010-02-01 in #reviews #experiment #fun #double-exposure #holga

11 Comments

  1. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Some fun shots but 18 is a stunner!

  2. lomo_bernis
    lomo_bernis ·

    very nice gallery!!

  3. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    yeah, great gallery.
    With regards to the flash, make sure the batteries are:

    1st, not flat (i know its obvious, but it always happens to me!)
    2nd, sitting in their seats properly, even if their just sitting slightly out, this effects the flash on my holga...i have to tape mine down to make sure they're securely in.

    hope this helps

  4. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    nice gallery! cute review.hehe

  5. nural
    nural ·

    Lovely text :)) and I love the photos with sprockets!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wonderful gallery ! And nice text full of love for the best camera ever. ; )

  7. torium
    torium ·

    cool gallery !

  8. tveden
    tveden ·

    Bravo. Really nice work, 5 and 6 great. This piece of junk (as my friends call it) has a special place in my heart.

  9. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    I love my Holga CMY! Its really an attention grabber (and I'm constantly being asked if it actually is one of those cameras that shoots water at people)

  10. fivedayforecast
    fivedayforecast ·

    I love my Holga CMY! Its really an attention grabber (and I'm constantly being asked if it actually is one of those cameras that shoots water at people)

  11. hansie14
    hansie14 ·

    Yay! Thanks for the kind comments! @fivedayforecast everybody always asks me the same thing! Or if its an underwater camera or something! @oldskool_rider thanks for the tips, I think I just have to be more definite when I press the shutter... she seems to be co-operating a bit more now which is nice!

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