I took this in my kitchen the other day. With a Polaroid SX-70. A wonderful camera. I only picked one up a while after Polaroid discontinued its film, unfortunately.
You can use (the fairly common) 600 film in it, but it takes a bit of adjustment, and it still lacks the qualities of the original film. And now that Polaroid has discontinued all film production, 600 is becoming harder to find.
* e.g., 600, SX-70. The kind that the camera spits out in one piece. The "shake it like a Polaroid picture" kind. Pack film -- the two-part kind used in Holgaroids and for Polaroid transfers and emulsion lifts -- is still a goner. For now, at least.
The St. Louis Beacon, a cool online journal, posted a review of the Holga Polka event and a video from it. There is a quick glimpse of one of my pieces at about 3:02 (it's three photos on a clothesline, part of "Car Wash").
This image isn't in the upcoming Holga Polka Invitational, but it was the inspiration for a piece that I will have in the show.
This is the first time I will be publicly showing any mixed media work and I'm still not sure how successful my experiments were.
Details on the show:
Opening reception Friday, January 9, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Regional Arts Commission. The exhibition continues through February 22, 2009. A gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. Reception 6:30 p.m., Talk 7 p.m.
In the age of digital photography, forty-two local artists will take the Holga challenge. Forget about using expensive, technology-laden cameras. The Holga, categorized as a toy camera because it is made of plastic, doesn’t have any bells and whistles. Yet, the Holga has a loyal following dedicated to its signature style of shocking simplicity and unpredictable results.
“The Holga only has one f-stop,” explained Mark A. Fisher, photographer and curator of the Holga Polka Invitational. “The back of the camera might fall off if you don’t tape it on. You’ll get double exposures, if you don’t advance the film. Little about the Holga says it’s a camera, but people are still using it as another tool to create stunning work.”
Holga Polka Participants: David Angell, Tom Bremer, Jim Brooks, Paul Callaway, John Cross, John Dean, Valerie Dratwick, Doug Gaubatz, M.J. Goerke, Benjamin Guffee, David Hanlon, Robin Hirsch, Hilary Hitchcock, Noah Kirby, Bob Kitt, Robert Langnas, Jane Linders, Donna Lochmann, Don McKenna, Bill Meeks, Janice Nesser, Marion Noll, Alison Ouellette-Kirby, Marianne Pepper, Joan Proffer, Ruth Reese, Garrett Roberts, Russ Rosener, Jan Sago, Kathleen Sanker, Tony Schanuel, Jami Schoenewies, Michael Schoenewies, Eric Shultis, Jennifer Silverberg, Megan Singleton, Brian D. Smith, Susan Hacker Stang, Maria Sweney, Robert M. Witte, Kay Wood, and Barbara Zucker.
Live music by polka duo Larry Hallar’s Two Star Final.
I especially like documenting things that are rarely seen or are disappearing. The design sensibility of days gone by tends to make me swoon, as do rural Midwestern landscapes. I primarily use digital cameras, although I do have a great fondness for toy cameras and Polaroids, and use those as well. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work!