Tuesday, 8 February 2011

A bad morning turned good : my new Holga

I succumbed to the lure of the plastic.
On a spontaneous decision to hop off the bus a stop early and check out the new Kuji Shop in Sheffield, I was unsurprisingly once more drawn to the toy cameras. I am a huge fan of manual photography, I think with composition and result in general the romance of toy cameras cannot be matched. New technology to replace the old such as iPhone apps or digital online effects is a meagre substitute; nothing can really compare to the romance of getting a film developed that is so old you can't remember where the snaps were taken - flaws et al.

After a chat with the very nice man behind the counter about my distaste of cumbersome cameras, I opted for the Holga 35mm, the smaller, lightweight sister of the original favourite for many Lomography lovers. My housemate has a Diana mini which she adores, but I wanted something different to experiment with, and I've got a drawer full of suitable film already waiting to be loaded.

I've already fired up this bad boy and I intend on snapping around the city this week to try it out. In the meantime, I leave you with some of my favourite shots I've somehow managed to capture with my other plastic camera, my trusty Colorsplash.

1. The colourful and lovely Scott kitchen
2. A creatively lit underpass in Birmingham, near the Mailbox
3. Shoes galore at Nottingham Vintage Warehouse
4. Sunny afternoons at the top of Belmount Tower
5. The Chrylser building repeated on screens
6. Inside Grand Central Station, New York

[You might have noticed most of my favourite snaps don't have people in. That's not because none of my friends are photogenic, more because I think it's more of an achievement if you can create an image which has just as much impact without any human expression. The singular shot with Sophie in above, is one of my favourites because, though she's utterly lovely by herself, I love her kitchen and it makes me feel like home - that's why I like that photo in particular.]

If you are thinking of going down the plastic camera route I would definitely recommend seeking out a place like Kuji Shop to buy yours from. It's true you might be able to save a fiver elsewhere ( I know John Lewis has a limited selection of Dianas ) but ultimately I think it's so important to support independent businesses. And you're more likely to get some sound advice from an assistant who a) knows what they're talking about and b) is just as much in love with toy photography as you are, so bonus all round. Passion is important! xox

I'm blogging like a maniac this week, wowzas.

26 comments:

  1. oh Claire! I love reading your blog and it was extra lovely today when I realised it was in fact me who was there!?!
    You are a sweetheart :)
    And top efforts on the blogging quota these past couple of days, it gives me something lovely to start/end the day with
    can't wait to see the snaps from the new camera!
    love youxxx

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  2. What a fab impulse buy! Love the coloursplash photos too. Sally x

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  3. Jealous! I'd so love to have one!! The coloursplash images look fab too!! You are blogging like crazy this week, I can't keep up!! :O

    L x

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  4. The thing I love most about manual photography is the unpredictability of it, you never quite know what you’ve captured until it’s been developed. Definitely a great investment, sometimes technology doesn’t hold the key to all of life’s beautiful images xx

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  5. Gorgeous photos, can't wait to see the snaps you take with the Holga! x

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  6. those are REALLY good photos! <3

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  7. Amazing pictures. I guess nothing does compare to cool old cameras. I loved developing the film and then having really old memories come back to me.

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  8. I love the photo of the shoes! You're right about digital photography - no effects can ever compare to the magic and excitement of getting film developed! I hope I'm going to have more time for PROPER photography when I'm moved and settled in!
    Lovely post
    xxx

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  9. Where do you take the films to be developed? I'm sure I've got some buried in a drawer somewhere but can't find anywhere that still does proper processing, grr.

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  10. Love these pictures, especially the vintage shoes one...I would love to have a manual camera one day when I have a lot more free time xxx

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  11. Your photos came out beautifully!
    I really want to take a class because photography doesn't come naturally to me but I would to have a go :)
    Love to see what other photos you take with your new camera
    xx

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  12. aww, i'm glad it already brightened your day, without even producing any photos yet! i really ought to stop buying disposables and get a "proper" camera, but there's something quite comforting in using the kind of thing that i used in my childhood. xo

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  13. You don't have a Flickr do you? If you don't already, I really think you should set one up! I think your photos are amazing <3
    I starting to hate the 'normal sunshiney' pictures that bloggers/street style photographers tend to go for. These type of pictures are much better imo :B

    x x x

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  14. that pic of you holdin your new holga is fantastic! what did you use to take the pic? p.s. loving the blog :)
    xox,
    buttercup buttons

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  15. gorgeous photos! I went into a lomography shop the other day and was so tempted to buy a diana or fish eye. my dad owns a photography lab too so I can get all the film and development I want for free!!!!


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  16. Fab photos! I've been meaning to get my hands on a nice little holga for a while. Look forward to seeing how your photos turn out. x

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  17. I love this post- I am also a big fan of analogue photography in this day and age of Hipstamatic and other online fakery. I adore the photo of the underpass, magical! I love how random it can be, though with my Diana Mini I often have too many bad ones :( I prefer taking pictures of objects rather than people too :p xx

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  18. lovely photos!

    x
    Alexandra

    www.alexandragrecco.etsy.com

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  19. Love these photos, especially the last one. I much prefer shooting objects and landscapes... I find people quite hard to capture. x

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  20. These photos are very well done. You chose the right camera. The last is my fave

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  21. Such a cool camera!


    http://voguishblog.blogspot.com/
    x

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  22. What a wonderfully refreshing post and your pictures are beautiful. I love them. Very talented :) xxx

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  23. any ideas where you can get the film developed?

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  24. oh my, your colorsplash photographs are beautiful! like seriously, the colours, marks and effects are amazing. <3

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  25. I've been considering a Lomo camera for a while now. I really like the pictures you've taken, they have loads of atmosphere.

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  26. Loving these pics! I hope you take more for me to oggle!

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