Rules of Photography
Photography should be about fun and enjoyment first and foremost. Secondly I think it should be about sharing – after all what’s the point in Gigabytes of images sitting on your hard drive never seeing the light of day? The last thing should be about memories.
I had an idea for a project a little while back which never saw the light of day. It’s time to put that right.
The Holga Project?
I discovered my love of photography long after digital had first appeared so it was no surprise that my first camera was a Digital SLR. I always felt however that I was missing something and a few years back bought myself a Holga CFN120. I immediately fell in love with it. Shooting with it removed all aspects of the modern camera instead leaving you with your eye and a plastic box that could possibly (absolutely no guarantee) reproduce what you were seeing. My friend Marcus took the love of film to a whole new different level with his Rolleicord. The images here are just beautiful.
While several apps on the iPhone do a pretty good job of reproducing the film type feel there is nothing like dropping of a roll of film to be processed and then have to wait to see what has been shot. I’ve quite often used a roll of film over a very long period so there are always a few surprises in there.
But you see I don’t just want you to read about using the Holga .. I want to you experience it as well. The idea behind the project is that between a few us we each take a few pictures on the same roll of film and then put them together as a portfolio of images. We would pass the camera amongst those on the list and then back to me for developing. So basically you receive the camera – have 1 week to shoot 3 or 4 shots, and then you post it onto the next person.
We would be shooting either 16 (6×4.5cm) or 12 (6x6cm) images amongst us .. so depending on the numbers and format we will either shoot 3 or 4 images each. I have about 5 rolls of Color 120 Pro 400 film…. plenty to get us started.
So who’s in? Drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll add you to the list. I hope to star the project during September.
Read more about the Holga here.