A Roll from the Holga

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I’ve said this before, but I love my Holga! Something about the simplicity of the camera – to be reduced to the bare essentials of light and time. No intricate settings here. Simply adjust the rickety, plastic knobs to cloudy or sunny, portrait or landscape. Done? You’re all set! Most of the time, I forget to check the settings. I just raise the camera to my eye, compose the frame, and click! Did something happen? The moment of capture sounds so hollow that I’m tempted to think it didn’t work. No worries. I’ll just have to wait and see.

Remember that very early morning when I went to Sherwood Gardens to see those lovely tulips? There wasn’t much light yet, but the flowers looked lovely even in the half-light of the sunrise.

And as the light grew brighter, the boundaries began to blur; what we call “light flares” and “double exposures” are just phrases for a type of magic.

And then the layers create a new reality, blending sky, water, trees, and tulips.

“Double exposure” = an invitation to imagine new realities, where the clouds meet the water.

Remember when I went to Druid Hill Park during my last week in Baltimore to see the light falling across those trees one more time…?

-Eyes wide open, Chinwe


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