During my summer internship in Austin, I carried a loaded Holga with me in my car to most of my assignments. Whenever I saw something weird or interesting, I shot a few frames with the plastic camera. I also used it whenever I had the urge to take touristy photos while I was in Texas. Today I picked up the last roll from my trip after having it processed here in Peoria. I know the Holga is thought of as a trendy hipster camera, but I like to use it to get back to basics. You can’t chimp on a Holga, and you have to understand exposures to use the thing. It’s the photographic equivalent of recording an album on a 4-track.
Now that I’ve had a chance to go through all the film from my trip to Germany and Austria, I wanted to share my favorite photos I took with my Holga earlier this summer. Using the Holga for the first time was a great challenge to someone like me who hasn’t shot film since high school. It was a lot of fun to challenge myself to make pictures in a foreign environment with a camera that was foreign to me.
Here are a few frames I took with my Holga last month in Salzburg, Austria. The multiple exposure below was an attempt to show a few sights in the city including Mozart’s tourist presence and the horse-drawn carriages.