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Leaked light

Just started playing with a Holga 120 CFN Camera. The Holga is a plastic body camera that, to quote wikipedia, “is an inexpensive, medium format 120 film toy camera, made in China, appreciated for its low-fidelity aesthetic.”

The Holga’s cheap construction and simple plastic lens often yields pictures that display vignetting, blur, leaked light, and other distortions. The camera’s quality problems have become a virtue among some photographers, with Holga photos winning awards and competitions in art and news photography.

I especially like the “unpredictable” nature of the photography style. Photographers are usually notorious for wanting every aspect of their work to be pre-determined and controlled. Lighting, subject, depth of field, focus and other factors are all carefully planned and executed on most professional photo shoots. With Lomography, which is the specific style the Holga reproduces, many of those structured assumptions are thrown out the window. You basically point and shoot. The results are unpredictable, unscripted and usually very interesting.

I registered the domain www.LeakedLight.com and will soon have some of my Lomography experiments uploaded there.

It will be interesting to see where this road leads.