The photos in this book were all taken with a Holga "toy camera". This simple plastic film camera has very few controls and often prompts people to ask "Is that a real camera?". But the simplicity and unpredictability of the camera can also be among its best features, as using a Holga adds a greater amount of serendipity and luck to the photos taken with it. In these days of digital cameras with instant feedback, this camera adds to the joy and magic of photography as the photographer must wait to see the negatives produced from this toy camera. This book includes both color and black and white photographs taken with this toy camera.
John Armstrong is a Seattle photographer with a wide range of photographic interests. He shoots with various kinds of cameras and prints with several different techniques. He loves still photography because he feels it allows us, as viewers, to slow down in this fast-paced world and actually see and appreciate things in detail. In the end, photography allows us all to be voyeurs without being caught.