visual spectrum: Holga 120 CFN
Since almost everyone already knows about the Holga — a medium-format camera that was first produced in Hong Kong in 1982 as an inexpensive camera for aspiring art photographers — I won’t write much except to say that the Holga is nothing less than a miniature dream factory. All the wise kids may be shooting with the Hipstomatic these days, but there’s still something extra, an ineffable surplus, to throwing film into a plastic can that pretends it has adjustments and then adding color flash or multiple exposure and letting it all rot until a month or two later you bring the film down to be developed and all those dicey chances you’ve invested in finally make themselves known. Sometimes it’s a blowout, a complete return of nothingness, and other times it’s precious cargo in the hold.
My Holga is a bright dull green, the precise color of cheap toy soldiers.
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