I actually had a Holga 135 a handful of years ago, so this is not a camera that is entirely new to me. I bought one in 2011 but felt like a hipster for doing so because it came from Urban Outfitters. That inspired me to do a photo series call “Things Hipsters Like.” After running a couple of rolls through the Holga 135, a piece broke off of it, then I tried unsuccessfully to paint it a color I liked better, and that was the end of my relationship with the Holga 135. Fast forward a few years, and I started looking back at some of the photos I’d taken with that camera, and I thought “Hey, some of those were pretty cool!” Couple that with the fact that the Holga factory shut down earlier this year, and I decided that I wanted another Holga 135 while I could still get one. I found one online and bought it. It was described as “fuchsia.” My friends, it’s actually a bright neon orangey pink. It’s a LOUD color.
I was SO excited that my new Holga 135 arrived just before I left to see Mallory up in Midtown Memphis on a beautiful afternoon. I knew it would be a great day to try out the Holga!
Roll #1 was Agfa Vista Plus 200
I kinda went overboard photographing the cool sculpture outside Crosstown 🙂
It was February, and they still had Christmas decorations up!
Roll #2 was expired Fuji Sensia 400, cross-processed
Now. This isn’t a full roll, because when I was photographing the Impala you’ll see below, someone at work saw me doing so and insisted on taking a bunch of photos of me with the car. It wasted a good bit of that roll. AND I accidentally opened the camera because I forgot there was film in it. OOPS! I was going to wait to get this roll developed, because there had been so many missteps with it, but I decided to throw it in with the most recent batch of film I sent off for processing.
Example of the aforementioned photos of me with the car…
I didn’t really think it was fair to the camera or this blog post for me to accept Roll #2 as a proper test roll, so I put a third roll through the Holga 135 for this post!
Roll #3 was Fuji Superia 400, expired in 2007
Admittedly underexposed, but they’re of SPIKE!
Double exposure, probably in Como, Mississippi
Pro tip: don’t leave your camera in bulb mode and then take a photo in broad daylight!
Double exposure at the zoo and winner of “best of the bunch” for the photos in this blog
Another zoo double exposure
Underexposed double exposure. But I like it?
Aside from the mishaps with Roll #2, I actually am really pleased with a lot of the photos I took with my new Holga 135! Hopefully it won’t break like its predecessor did!