Back in summer 2004, I was surfing on the internet when I discovered a site making a review about the book "Mes Vacances avec Holga" (My Holidays with Holga) by Fréderic Lebain and I the pictures I saw .... Waow, I was breathless, and wondered what kind of camera could produce such images... I discovered that these amazing shots were made with this cheap plastic camera named "Holga" (and realized that "Holga" wasn't the girlfriend of F. Lebain he spent his holidays with...).
Back in summer 2004, I was surfing on the internet when I discovered a site making a review about the book “Mes Vacances avec Holga” (My Holidays with Holga) by Fréderic Lebain and I the pictures I saw …. Waow, I was breathless, and wondered what kind of camera could produce such images… I discovered that these amazing shots were made with this cheap plastic camera named “Holga” (and realized that “Holga” wasn’t the girlfriend of F. Lebain he spent his holidays with…).
I was into a photographic activity for over 8 years at this time (but I only used my old Olympus OM20, a great classic camera as well), but found it a bit boring to have always the same kind of pictures, I thought that this little toy camera could bring me something new and different in my photographic passion. So I bought one as quick as possible !
Well, when I received it I was really happy and showed everybody around me my new toy: some laughed at me saying that it wasn’t “serious” photography, but other found that really funny and interesting. And then came the first opportunity to use it: my brother’s wedding! A wedding is always a geat opportunity to take pictures and all the people are taking pictures…. but only with the standardized digital cameras! I was the only one with this big piece of plastic and taking pictures with 120 film! :))
And I made a mistake with the views counter: I selected the wrong number (16 instead of 12….) and made my first “Holgarama” without knowing it! I was a bit surprised when the film was developped, and even disappointed, because I imagined an other result, but then I looked closely to the shots and found this overlapping effect really great!
Have a look in the gallery, you can see the results of my very first roll with Holga and my unexpected “first Holgarama”…! :)))
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