The Holga is a toy camera made entirely of plastic. Enthusiasts favor the effects created when using this medium format device. Surrendering total control to the Holga, I chose to leave my light meter, tripod and view camera behind allowing pure creativity and chance to combine. The result is a stunning body of work. High contrast black and white warps time. Vignetting and splatters of light transport the viewer into a different era. The modern day world is almost forgotten. All that is left is a vintage impression seemingly from a long over decade. From multiple film stocks to unpredictable light leaks this series lives up to its name being a true experiment.
A photographer with one eye sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Yes, my vision is medically considered "monocular" but I choose to see the world in full frame, preferably with a View Camera. As a child I expressed myself creatively through visual art, drama and dance. Within in me is an innate force of imagination that drives me to produce constant artistic output. Over the years the desired choice of media has evolved but I always have been motivated to create. The work I create is often simply a reflection of the impression left upon me by my physical surroundings. Often I try to expose hidden beauty in the mundane and sometimes ordinary. Experimentation and my attraction towards the eccentric push me to look beyond the surface in order to capture the true essence of my subject whether it is living, natural or man-made. Driven to express I continually strive towards professional and personal growth.
The Italian Holga Experiment Published October 22, 2009