Spineless

"The notebook got this way basically through being in my pocket or briefcase every day for last three or four months.  Temporarily patched with some electrical tape, I just decided to let it breathe on its own again.  A few... Read More

08/08/2006

The Joy of Shooting with a Toy

A toy camera that is. I had seen many images made with it before I had even realized that they were all made with the same type of camera. About eleven years ago I worked at a camera rental facility... Read More

The camera shoots 120 format film, the same film that professionals use when shooting their $2000 Hasselblads. Once
the film is loaded the camera must be taped up so that light will not
leak and expose the film and so that the back of the camera will not
fall off while you are shooting.

The makers describe the lens as
optical, but upon shooting you first roll of film you will realize that
the lens is not color corrected, has flat spots and distorts
perspective.

Care must be take as to not expose the camera to
high temperature, Holgas have been known to melt in the back seats of
cars. Not a tragedy though, a new on can be had for a mere $14.99.The
camera is primitive and its components are just substantial enough to
make an image this making the next evolutional link of the camera just
one primordial step above a pinhole camera.

Despite all of the pitfalls of the Holga it is the images that the camera is able to create that makes the camera so special.The
images seem distant and surreal. The have a warmth and a depth to them
that other cameras just seem to lack with their cold technological
output.

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08/08/2006

Student’s diary lawsuit dismissed

"A former Fulton County student who was expelled from high school for writing about a dream in which a student shoots a math teacher has failed to convince a federal court that the school system violated her right to free... Read More

08/08/2006