Christmas in Belgium with a Holga
A crap camera that’s …true
The leaves are falling with vigor and we are again rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year. After taking some time today to look through pictures from past Christmas markets, I found a few of last year’s markets in Belgium that were still hiding on my hard drive.
I never published most of them because they were shot with a Holga, a large plastic film camera that captures about the lowest quality images you can possibly imagine. Yet because of that low quality, the craptastic Holga produces images which are very true.
Shots from this camera have zero pixel level sharpness, HDR photoshopped perfection, or any of that digital nonsense. Instead, Holga pictures are entirely about the mood and feel of a scene, revealing a place for what it is rather than what it looks like after being processed by a computer. I know that shooting film is not for everyone, especially not with a Holga, but for me personally, film has tuned my eye and made me a much better photographer in all respects.
As for the Christmas markets, Europe has more of them than you can shake a stick at, and now is the time to start planning your visit. I hope to visit in December again, but I’m not yet sure exactly where.