Holgamentary, my dear Watson ……
August 24, 2011
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I talk about this quite a bit — the Holga I purchased last spring. I’d been wanting to get more involved and immersed in a more stripped down style of photography and that’s what led me to buying the Holga in the first place. It’s small, plastic and has next to no function options. It is what it is. Getting back to the so-called basics of photography has been quite an exercise for me, forcing me to think twice before firing the shutter, composing a shot and thinking about how the lighting might look once developed. I had fired off a few rolls of 120mm Kodak film, black and white — because it simply rules. I sent the rolls back to the Island to have them developed by a friend of mine and then he sent back the negatives and I scanned them. But let me explain this scanning part — I didn’t realise at first that I needed a scanner that was customized for 120 film, which is 6×6. My Canoscan 4400 is only meant for 35mm, so I had to improvise. I found a small glass surface, placed a piece of white blank paper underneath for diffusion and then placed both of them on top of a lamp. I then used a Macro lens to photograph each negative individually (TIME CONSUMING!!!) and then uploaded the photos to Photoshop, inverted the images and adjusted the contrast, brightness, levels — blah, blah, blah.
So far, I’m having a riot with this stripped down photography and I intend to continue as long as my short attention span will allow. Until then, check out the photos: