The year 2012 is big change for me because it’s the year when I became a mother to this peculiar camera named Holga.
January 16, 2012. I made sure I marked that date on my calendar because that was the day I had my first toy camera, a Holga 120GCFN. Nothing made me happier than to hold a toy camera. Of all the colors normally people would get, I chose pink.
What intrigued me into Lomography? Well, my boyfriend. Since before we’ve been together, he already has a toy camera which is a Holga 120GN. He showed me his photos and back then I wasn’t that interested as compared to present time. He stopped using his camera though during college days because of money consumption. But now he’s working, he decided to go back. That sparked the idea of trying out Lomography.
So he decided to go around looking in Google to see sellers of Holga cameras because personally, I wanted to have something like his. And when he showed me a Multiply website of a Holga camera, I fell in love. I couldn’t stop staring (literally) at the photo of the camera being sold! Over-exaggerated but yes, everyday I would look at the photo and tell myself “I want this camera, I want this camera…” And then, the day came when I got the money for the camera and woosh, my boyfriend texted the seller to meet up with us. Tada! It was one of the happiest days of my life when I held it for the first time.
What can I say about Holga 120GCFN? I like the fact that it has a built-in color flash that allows me to shoot using the different colors of the flash. This made me experiment with the colors and I must say, it’s really good.
I prefer shooting using 35mm films because it’s cheaper and I enjoy seeing sprockets on my photos. The glass lens is my one of my favorite parts of Holga GCFN because it allows me to capture sharper images.
Since then, I never left my house without my Holga. She even has her own bag! Since I’m still a college student, it’s quite hard to find time shooting subjects of my interest like long exposure shots of colorful lights during night times or joyful public events. But since I’m in an art school, it’s already enough to take photos of people you don’t normally see elsewhere. I do hope sometime soon I’ll be able to shoot something related about the course I’m taking up which is Fashion Design & Merchandising.
I’m quite fond of photos of me taken by my Holga so nonetheless, I love Holga 120GCFN. It makes photography a lot more colorful and fantasy-like. Since me and my boyfriend’s love for lomography expanded, we started to collect other cameras. So far, we have Vivitar UWS & Recesky TLR. But my baby will always be the Holga. ♥