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.

Other Holga reveries can be found here, here, here, and here.


2 Responses to “visual spectrum: Holga 120 CFN”

  1. I’ve been doing something pretty radical with my Holga recently. I’ve been shooting 16 frames with the mask. :)

  2. I’ve picked one up again after a year – the old one fell down a concrete staircase, and then I got into my Mamiyas. I have to say though, I think I get a better hit rate with a Holga than any other camera.

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