Holga and the American Civil War


Battle reenactments provide the Holga photographer a chance to capture a bit of history through the eye of a plastic lens. Flashback brings his trusty Holga to the field of battle and clicks through classic scenes from American history.

Growing up in the Southeastern part of the United States, I’ve been surrounded by many historical sites and battlegrounds that play a part in our history and landscape of the country. I remember at age 8 experiencing the thrill of a battle reenactment. The crackle of gunfire, booming canons, grown men and women playing soldiers for the day. It was a thrill and seemed like the real thing. Now, many years later, I have found that same experience, by trying to bring a certain authentic feel through the nuances of a Holga.

A typical American Civil War reenactment allows a world of photo opportunities. From the battlefields and soldiers, to the merchants who sell period-style goods. Even the quirky spectators make for interesting subject matter. Many of these events allow you to photograph the soldiers camps, blacksmith, field hospitals and any number of living history demonstrations.

The Holga makes the perfect camera for giving this 19th century event a bit of authenticity with my prints. The quirky and unpredictable nature of the Holga paired with the vignetting and dreamy blurs can give you some of the same characteristics of the cameras from that period.

If you’ve never been to a reenactment, the best place to start is to contact any one of the National Battlefields or state historical sites for event information. Another good place to search for events is on the Civil War Traveler website. So grab your Holga, a few rolls of film and head out to make a little history.

written by flashback on 2010-06-28 #lifestyle #history #event #historical #soldiers #war #civil-war #uniform #weapons #holga #reenactment #battle #battlefield #confederate #union


  1. panelomo
    panelomo ·


  2. dux_x
    dux_x ·

    epic [2] // It´s like timetravel!

  3. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    this is great !

  4. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Nice location/camera combo :-) I love the light leaks! Your shots are beautiful!

  5. paramir
    paramir ·

    great images!

  6. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    O, I wish I was in Dixie!
    Hooray! Hooray!
    In Dixie Land I'll take my stand
    To live and die in Dixie!

  7. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Wow!! Very impressing!! Great analogue lifestyle entry! Looks really like time travelling in the past and you're right, the Holga is the best cam for this specially with the Ilford XP2 film and his sepia tones.... Makes me think at all the historical archives of Civil War photographs....

  8. graefin
    graefin ·

    Wow, the B/W shots feel real!
    Great pictures especially because of the Holga look. Love it.

  9. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    Love it! You're right--the Holga does give it the authenticity. I've never timed my visits to a re-enactment well, but I'm hoping to this summer at a local WWII Fort. Great subject, great shots!

  10. airin
    airin ·

    Fantastic shots, I love them!

  11. dogma
    dogma ·

    Amazing gallery!

  12. dogma
    dogma ·

    Amazing gallery!

  13. mgf
    mgf ·

    amazazing! :D

  14. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Supercool! A DIANA at Gettysburg!

  15. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Holga oups

  16. leocardarelli
    leocardarelli ·


  17. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    I really love this!!! Great job!

  18. neja
    neja ·

    wow looks so real!

  19. middernachtlopper
    middernachtlopper ·

    Stunning galleries!

  20. flashback
    flashback ·

    thanks everyone for all the positive comments!

  21. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    fucking amazing gallery

  22. bearsark
    bearsark ·

    The event and the camera really lend each other's strengths for a wonderful gallery, nice!

  23. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    I spent 20 years in a Civil War Renactment band - 1975-1995. Wish I'd had my Holga then.

  24. ayotochtli
    ayotochtli ·

    great combination and very atmospheric images

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