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Tracing your Lomo Beginnings: My Holga 135bc

My Lomography journey originally started 8 years ago when I bought some fotoclips, but I didn't think anything of it at the time. However, all that changed when I bought my Holga 135bc nearly 4 years ago.

Me and my Holga, Helga

The first time I saw a Lomography camera was about 8 years ago in a quirky, cute shop in Leeds. It was a Fisheye camera and I remember that I loved it because I loved the picture of dogs noses that you could take with it but I never actually bought one. I did, however, buy some Lomography Fotoclips, but I didn’t think anything of the brand at the time.

Fast forward 5 years and I’d finished University and ventured into the big wide world of work, I was still living in Leeds but I was bored! So I started reading blogs and eventually, I started my own and really, its because of blogging that I found film photography again.

I remember the first time that I saw Diana photos was on “Rockstar Diaries” http://taza-and-husband.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/diana and I was completely swept away by them. They were colorful and fun, they were creative as well as documenting things and they were the kind of photos that I wanted to take. At the time, there wasn’t a Diana Mini yet and I didn’t know anything about 120 film, so instead of a Diana, I ordered my first Lomography camera: a Holga 135bc.

Other than around Leeds, in the first few months I took my Holga to Wales, and that was where I really fell in love with taking photos of new places. I looked at Wales through a plastic viewfinder and I felt like I really saw it. The colors, the details, the atmosphere, everything…and my camera caught all that.

This camera changed my life. It seems odd to say it now, but it did. It gave me purpose outside of work or university, it reignited my creativity, it rooted me to the floor and made me look around again, it made me enjoy my surroundings and really look at them. In looking for a great photo, I actually started to see myself better…and for that I will forever be grateful for this little plastic camera.

written by easilydistracted

2 comments

  1. twinklecat

    twinklecat

    So cool! In looking back through my photos, I found that my best ones were shot with a Holga 135! It's neat how such a simple mechanism in a plastic box can create such beauty.

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  2. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    Very good article...^..^ Holga is my favorite too...^..^

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