Almost two years ago, I was given a Holga 135BC by my boss at the time, Paul. I love the idea of toy cameras, but I have to admit that after almost ten years of using digital cameras I’m a little intimidated by film. I’m so used to taking a bunch of shots without care of how many I’m taking, checking the preview to see if anyone is blinking or my settings are off, not having to worry about the cost of film or developing. It’s also a bit of a challenge going from a DSLR with a few different lenses to something with a fixed focal length and aperture, no zoom, limited focus and requiring winding between each shot! The effect that you get with film is really interesting though, charming for its faults.
Unsurprisingly most of my very first roll of film (black and white, ISO400) turned out pretty badly – more than half of them ended up completely black or white due to shooting indoors or low light and forgetting to wind the film after a shot. I’m pretty happy with the few that worked out though, and intrigued by the results. These were taken at The Boy and I’s engagement party; you can see the rest of the photos on my Flickr.
Definitely something I need to experiment more with! There’s also a bunch of Holga hacks that produce some really interesting effects I’m looking forward to messing with. Go film!