Notable: Just A Toy? Holga Offers A Unique Path To Imaging

In Black and White Photography, Camera, Hardware, Photographer on March 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm


Does every image need to be “picture perfect”? A whole sub culture of toy camera fanatics say “no”!  Read about one participant in this world of leaking light and pin holes:

Although the black box with the lousy lens is dismissed by some as a distortion-prone, light-leaking toy, it is also beloved by Mr. Kitchens, who has embraced the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi: finding beauty amid everyday flaws. He has used a slightly modified Holga to take pictures of decaying, abandoned buildings.

“We are so used to seeing well-exposed, perfectly focused images,” he said. “The Holga was my first exposure to having things not in perfect focus or exposure, or with light leaks and other flaws. That fit in with what I was looking for in photography.”

Read the whole story in today’s NY Times: Lens

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