Admittedly, I’m a little obsessed with you. I’ve been shooting with you for years and I love your quirky style. Your little plastic, medium format film camera body and lens delivers little vignettes full of surprises that always make me smile. Is that a little smile I see smiling back at me? Holga?
I recently learned that you’re being discontinued and my heart hurts for you. So sad. So I wanted to send you a little love note to say thank you Holga. You are quirky and seriously flawed in the very best way, you are charming and your images are always unique, romantic, soft and beautiful. You had me at hello.
I get you Holga and I think you get me too. But don’t worry, I bought a few of you so I should be ok.
Very truly yours,
To learn a little more about the Holga, scroll to the bottom of this post and please follow me on IG @karenhillweddings.
The Holga is a plastic camera with a plastic lens and one exposure, f8 at a 60th of a second. This camera loves light (as much as I do!). It shoots a square 6×6 medium format negative, with 12 exposures per roll of 120 film. Since the lens is plastic, two things happen when you shoot with it, first, the plastic lens makes the image a bit blurry and secondly, when light hits the lens, it causes refraction. Refraction essentially means that when light hits the lens, the light wave is changed and causes light to record in the most curious ways. I find this “accidental light” rendering to be lovely, quirky, dreamy and poignant. The images look like they were shot 100 years ago!
Let me know what you think of the my Holga images. Go buy a Holga before it’s too late and go out and shoot some film!
Liberty View Farm
Orchard and Garden
Highland, New York
I recently shot at the Liberty View Farm. Billiam has the most beautiful orchard and gardens. I love this romantic setting nested in the beautiful Hudson Valley. These were shot with film with the Contax 645 and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
We were 14 Photographers (and 1 Editor!) for an amazing gathering of women photographers who also shoot with film.
I’ve never been to Jackson Hole and have never seen light quit like it! Our group bonded over photography, the location and each others company.
I brought three cameras with me, the Contax 645, the Widelux and my brand new Fujifilm x100T, (a little digital point and shoot work horse that made shooting constantly pretty fun)! In our wanderings, I asked strangers and ranch hands to please take a photo with my camera(s), (here’s how you hold the Widelux, keep your fingers behind the body or they’ll be in the photo!). So thanks to all the strangers who took photos for me, so happy I could be in a few of them too! The last set were shot at sunrise on my way to the airport, hopefully they’re a little poetic. It was hard to leave.
A great big thank you to Carrie Patterson Schrauder, Kate Headley and Christina McNeill for putting this retreat together! Also a big thank you to Turpin Meadow Ranch and all our incredible sponsors including Fuji film, in which most of these images were shot and Fast Foto for the awesome scans!
We had a blast!
Seaside Heights, New Jersey
May 13, 2013
Magnolia Lane Plantation
These photographs are of the Magnolia Lane Plantation in Westwego, Louisiana, the home of Richard Naberschnig. Here time has stood still and crept in and around everything. The rich history, worn walls and decor are simply beautiful.