Holga: Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Yesterday we received a big ol’ box on our front step. At first neither of us had a clue what it could be. Then, when we saw the sender, we got a rush of excitement: it was from ABC Photocolour, the cool peeps out in Vancouver who do all our film processing! That meant that all the film that Rob shot while in Peru was here! We went for a month without being able to see what he was getting, which for us, having shot only digital for 4 years, was quite difficult! But we’re about taking risks, doing something new to us, and seeing how it turns out, for better or worse! Things are more fun that way :)

So, Holga. Many of you might not be familiar with that camera. Well, it’s a neat one for sure. It’s considered a “toy” camera, as it’s made totally out of plastic, including the lens! What’s especially awesome is that it uses medium format film, which gives the shots a really fantastic, unique feel. You basically have this really cheap camera that’s shooting film intended for really expensive cameras. The cheapness also tends to give you some unexpected elements call “light leaks”, where the plastic, imperfect nature of the body allows little bits of light to come in and change up your shot.

All and in, we absolutely love the results, and are excited to see all the rest of Rob’s Holga stuff from Peru! If you’d like to learn more about Holga, and other such toy cameras, definitely check out Lomography, which has a bunch of great info! If you want to buy a Holga, I’d suggest eBay or B&H, as Lomography tends to be a bit pricey. Rob uses the Holga 120CFN right now, but would go for a 120N next, since he doesn’t use the flash very much when traveling. Getting rid of the built in flash also makes the camera crazy cheap ($20 if you don’t wanna check the links, but wanna know! For $20, pick one up and play!).

Now for the shots! These were all taken on Fuji NP400PR black and white film, and scanned on a Microtek M1

The location is the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Those borders around the images are from the scanner holders. We keep them on there to easily differentiate film from digital shots on the blog. In the future we’ll be trying to get the full film edge so you’ll be able to easily see the type of film we’re using! When we print these shots, we’d get rid of the border for a cleaner print :)

Scanning takes quite a while, so we’ll be doing our best to get more film work up here, but you’ll have to be a bit patient! Thanks so much for following along, hope you’re having fun!!

Let us know what you think of this film work, vs. the digital stuff you’ve been seeing so far! Comment away!!

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