The view from an unpredictable plastic lens


Though these days most photography is digital, once in a while it is good to pick up a film camera–but even more fun to pick up a plastic toy camera. A Holga is not just any old toy camera, a Holga is great for anyone who likes soft focus, a bit of light leakage, and sometimes random results.  Shots taken with Holgas, as well as with other retro film cameras such as the Diana, Kiev and Lomo, are all part of a new style of artistic experimental photography called Lomography.

Above is a selection of images taken on my Holga 120N in Spain and Morocco.


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  • These are cool, Alicia! Love the weird flare going on it that third-to-last shot.ReplyCancel

  • Agree w Catherine. It’s a total winner.ReplyCancel

  • Great images. particularly like the Windmill and Cafe la Habana… Were they from that expired Agfa Vista? Incidentally, LOMO stands for “Leningrad Optical Mechanical Amalgamation” who actually make some hign end stuff now days and made some classic Soviet cameras such as the “Lubitel”. The Diana and Holga are made in China, but are originally from Hong Kong. The Kiev is actually a Ukranian version of the Zeiss Contax- I’ve got one myself- they’re surprisingly good. Sorry for the corrections- got a thing for cameras from behind the Iron Curtain…ReplyCancel

  • Brad Albaugh

    I love these shots! Great work Ali! I love the windmill especially!!!ReplyCancel