For two years she has been my faithful friend, my most treasured companion, my rock in a sea of turmoil. We have stuck together through thick and thin, Holga and I, but now she has passed on.
She was a simple being, very responsible financially, which is what brought us together initially. As time went on, I grew infatuated with her portly plastic body and plastic eyes, her good-natured light leaks, and the flexible demeanor of her hot shoe, tripod threads, and bulb-setting. She always had an uncomplicated view of the world – f/11 and 1/100s., rain or shine. Her relationships were defined by little symbols above her lens, from the closest of friends, to more distant acquaintances and the world at large.
Good-natured light leaks
I remember with fondness the times we’ve had together.
Our very first roll of slide film.
The experiments gone wrong.
The experiments gone right.
I fear I shall never forget the dread of the moment when pushing her button was no longer followed by that reassuring click, but I shall have to put my faith in the saying that time heals all wounds. I pray her spirit is now at peace in plastic heaven, and as for her earthly remains, I plan to ensure they are put to good use.
Goodbye, Holga, rest in peace.