Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Go on, grab your hat and fetch your camera. Go on, film the world before it happens
May I introduce to you my lovely shiny red Holga camera (picture taken on my rather shitty camera phone).
I have long since been a fan of Lomography. Although recently, I reawakened my urge to buy one and experiment with it myself. Enter some gratefully received Christmas money and a pretty toy camera arriving in the post!
I personally think that the actual art of photography is dying a little. Anyone can buy a point and shoot and get a decent picture out of it, despite ability or skills. Obviously that's a double edged sword. Photography is alive in the masses now and that can't be seen as a negative.
The things that I loved about photography when I was growing up have all but disappeared now.
The mystery of not knowing what the picture looked like instantly. The feeling of always trying that little bit harder to get the best shot possible so as not to 'waste' film. The excitement of queuing up to get your photos after they'd been developed - so much excitement that you tripped several people up on the way out of the shop because you'd stopped to look at them.
In the same way as many children will never visit a library now, I think it's sad that children won't experience the full process of developing pictures.
So, anyway - enough ranting. I have purchased film (eek) and I also bought the flash cheaply off ebay. It was less than £10 and came really quickly from Hong Kong so I was a bit pleased with that.
I went for the 35mm version of the Holga in the end. I think I would have found it too difficult to get the 120 film developed and that might have put me off using it more.
I'll be back to show you some of the pictures I take, good and bad. Probably more bad than good.
In other news, we watched Big Fat Gypsy Wedding last night on Channel 4, it was ace! I laughed and was scared in equal measures. How did the dress maker lady break her arm? We reckon she dropped one of the frackin huge dresses on her arm. I'd love to go to that shop just to see the dresses, they looked immense.
Best get on with some work now - have a nice day peeps.