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Love at First Lomo: My Dearest Holga 135 BC

Before I became a lomographer, I knew nothing about film and analogue photography, until I joined this community 8 months ago. I did some research before I bought my first Lomography camera. I was looking for a camera which is reasonably cheap and is capable of producing good photos, and that is how I met my dearest Holga 135 BC.

Photo by tomkiddo

My first roll was a little bit saddening. I spent a week to finish it and after rewinding it, I found that I didn’t load the film properly. I realized it when I was advancing the wheel, the rewinding knob didn’t turn. So I had to take the film to the shop where I bought my Holga to help me pull out the film leader, so that it doesn’t go to waste.

After that incident, I did more research regarding the Holga 135 BC. I learned that it works the best on sunny days and never shoot indoors without a flash. Then, I loaded back the film into my Holga.

I spent another week to finish the roll and I immediately sent it to a photolab to be developed. The photolab said that it would take a week to develop my film and that made me feel frustrated, but my frustration went away after seeing my first photos. The saturated colours and awesome vignetting effect, I loved them all.

Since then, I experimented it with slide, redscale and low-ISO films. All of the photos turned out really nice except some of the redscale shots which turned out a little bit underexposed. I have not loaded any black-and-white film into my Holga though. I will probably will load one sooner or later.

Holga 135 BC is a very experimental camera and that is why I still shoot with it. Recently, I just did doubles with mephisto19 using it and the results are awesome!

This is the story of how I met and fell in love with my Holga 135 BC. It is the camera that brought me into this wonderful world of analogue photography and it is also the camera that made me see wonderful things.

What was the first Lomo camera you owned and fell in love with? Share your stories and check out our requested posts for this month to earn more Piggies! Meanwhile, you can check out other Love at First Lomo stories from our community members.

written by tomkiddo

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