Friday, February 5, 2010

Do you think McArthy owned a brownie?

I told you last week, about my new little plastic Holga camera that I bought. Because. I wanted it. So there.

Well it came in the mail, in an interesting little package.



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I laughed when I saw it the day Tanner and I picked it up at the post office. I have no mailbox remember? I have to go pick up my mail now. Sigh. Anyway, I laughed and told Tanner that it looks like it was mailed from 1954. But it wasnt. It was just mailed from China, which in ways, is kind of like 1954, complete with communists, but no McArthy hearings.

It was wrapped well, with some simple brown paper, tons of exotic stamps, and string. Who uses string anymore? I didn't know they'd even allow that, but they did. And then I smiled because I remember string on packages but that reminds me that I'm getting old.

And then I stop smiling.

ANYWAY.

What was inside that box, created images that were very much like the exterior of the box.

The "BC" in the 135bc stands for "black corners" which is what I wanted. I'm addicted to vignetting of images, and I can never quite master those deep blacks in the corners of my regular ol' photos with my antiquated program I use (yet LOVE). It also creates some "not spectacular" quality images, which in a way is kinda artsy fartsy and lets you look at things maybe just a little differently than before.

I just so happened to have some film in the fridge. "Process by 11-09".
FAIL

Plus I know I've had it for at least a good 4 years. I mean, what's the worst that could happen right?

It worked GREAT. In fact, it was almost too good. I took it in to walmart to be processed and put only on a CD instead of prints. I then brought the cd home and converted some to black and white, on a few added some noise.


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Me and that lil Holga, we decided to go on an adventure.

That adventure rarely meant leaving the jeep.
Dude.
It's cold out.





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I don't know if it was the processing, the camera, or the old film, but there's some cool scratching to the images too.





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And my favorite image:



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It felt a little "Ansel Adams" to me. I'm not sure I could have created this image with my canon. It's funny that it came from such a simple little camera. I can kind of see how addictive these things can be.

I have more expired film in the fridge, and heading to Iowa tomorrow. I'm going to see if I can find creative things to photograph that are not trees this time.

In the meantime, I'll go back to that "place" where I'm looking at magnetic albums on the floor of my mom's bedroom. Because they looked like this!
Who knew that craptacular photos were in again?!


Tomorrow... I'm going to try to cut off some heads with this thing.

1 comment:

Michelle*G said...

These photos are fabulous! Now I want a little camera like that too...

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