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Coming full circle...

A thousand years ago in another lifetime I had dreams of being a photojournalist. Oh yes, lots of black and white photos, 3 darkrooms, and a vision. My pictures had meaning, told stories...

Fast forward 30 years and 3 lifetimes. And here we are...

I got a Holga after some serious consideration about what I'm trying to do/make. Been through a lot of different things over the years, morphing and changing because of circumstance, necessity, interests, economics. I don't make pots anymore, can't afford to fire them the way I like to with fuel prices skyrocketing, and time/energy doesn't allow for woodfiring. I'm a half assed painter/drawer, can't get to what I see/feel effectively, limited by skill. I love doing all things digital, but have had the need/urge for something more tactile lately. So the Holga might be the ticket: cheap, sketchy, lo-fi, simple. Not photos for photos sake, but for making something else with; collages, paintings, books, posters, who knows what all. Plus recent dayjob changes have put me in the position of having full access to a large and fully outfitted b&w photo teaching studio. So the time is right, and integrating analog and digital appeals to me.

We'll see what comes of it all. If John Cage made pictures, he might have used a Holga.

And a blindfold...

which all suits me just fine. Control is highly overrated.

I found these "rules" which I have generally subscribed to in my making, who knew they had them posted specifically for photography? Of course I'll adhere to and ignore them simultaneously.

Life is too short to not enjoy it.

Life is too short.

2 comments:

Robert Croma said...

I'm a big fan of these cameras. Not used one, but love the special quality of their negs and all the possibilities offered by lomography. Seen many wonderful images. Anything goes! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Marc Snyder said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!

I've been meaning to get to the back and forth video project, but life keeps getting more complicated at this end. Baby #2 arrived 11 days ago, and she's really something!