My Holga was my first Lomographic camera and I’ve fallen for her totally!
I first encountered my beloved Holga at the Lomo store in Barcelona. I was completely smitten by her bright amazing colours (I have the CMY version) and I figured that even if I couldn’t manage to get any good pics from her then I definitely had a head turning necklace!
My first pics weren’t that great compared to some that I’d seen, and I mainly put that down to using the 6×4 mask instead of the 6×6. There’s just something so much more appealing to me about the square format pics than the rectangular. In fact, I don’t think I even know where the 6×4 mask is any more… and I very rarely use the 6×6 mask now. Go bare baby!
I love that there are so many things you can do with a Holga, I’m always trying to think of new and exciting ways to use her; 120 films, 35mm films, colour negative, colour transparency, black and white, she’ll eat them all up!
I’ve tried my own masks, redscale, double exposures everything I can think of! I even used her to make an animation, see my tipster of the week ‘fashion is for fashion people’ (sorry, I don’t know how to link it in here!)
Just a few bad points… she doesn’t seem to like winding the slide film quite as well as she does other kinds of films. Although this can give some really exciting light leaks when I unload her, so maybe this isn’t SUCH a bad thing! Unfortunately my Hollie’s flash isn’t really working any more… I don’t know what to do about this, it’s just a little temperamental, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, maybe I need someone to look at her…
Overall I really think that my Holga has really opened me up to be more experimental with my photography, and I’ll always love her for that. Sure the pics are not always the sharpest most ‘correct’ photographs, but don’t we have other cameras for that sort of thing?