from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

12.13.2005

snap this

a couple of months ago i acquired a holga. this plastic toy camera is built so simply it doesn’t even have a battery (an attribute i found so bizarrely out of the ordinary i searched eVeRy SqUaRe iNcH of the gadget and its instruction manual several times looking for signs of a power source).

despite its simplicity, just ordering the holga was a little intimidating. there are entire internet communities devoted to toy cameras. instructions for modifying them in miscellaneous ways. and some fantastic photographers who use them to create magical images.

when i finally bit the bullet, shot a roll of medium format film and took it in to be processed my child-like anticipation was positively squashed. tromped on by a pompous camera store worker who declared my choice of film ignorant and my decision not to modify the monster a colossal mistake. rather than embracing an opportunity to learn from this owner of six holgas, i wanted to gouge his cocky little leering eyes out. amy likened the experience to going to a surf/skate shop as a teenager only to be ignored by the cooler-than-thou staff. i had similar experiences as a teenager at the local indy music store – the kind of place where music is chosen carefully for fear of being laughed right out of the store. certainly not where i bought my first tape: debbie gibson’s electric youth.

days later when i’d finally mustered up the confidence to pick up my developed photos, i slinked in, approached another salesperson and deftly avoided another tongue lashing from the a**hole holga hun. true, my first holga shots didn’t turn out masterpieces. but not because i’d used 100 rather than 400 speed film. the little beast has a manual film advance that makes it nearly impossible to discern whether one has advanced too far or not far enough.

sigh. i feel better now. any specialty shop horror stories you want to get off your chest? now’s your chance.

3 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

I got a bit long-winded in my response so i posted it over here.

12/14/2005 09:08:00 AM

 
Blogger Amanda said...

No, i just want to see your pictures!!

12/14/2005 09:17:00 AM

 
Blogger Miss Kris said...

ugh! i never did anything like that to any customer when i worked in a camera shop and would have reamed someone out if i heard them treating someone like that.

I think there is a trick to the advancing thing. if you make a little mark on the dial and count how many times you need to turn it to advance properly, that should help. the number of turns? I couldn't tell you. i bet the internet could, though.

12/14/2005 03:43:00 PM

 

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