The antidote to the tyranny of technology

16 01 2012

Cal Anderson Park, Seattle © Michelle Bates

We like our toy cameras here at CorkAP (well not all of them), and today I came across an interesting link on Lenscratch to Holga Photographer Michelle Bates. There’s a link to an informative little video of her speaking at the TEDxRainier in Seattle.  Take a look at Michelle’s website for some Holga inspiration. Great stuff up there! Makes me want to get my Holga out again soon. It’s been too long!

– Rory

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Blue in Heaven

18 04 2010

By Rory O'Toole

Another shot from the last couple of colour films that I put through the Holga.

– Rory





Holgraffiti

16 04 2010

by Rory O'Toole

I got some Holga films developed and scanned at Fuji Foto-Finish on Ship St in Cork. It’s around the corner from Penrose Wharf commercial center (or whatever that’s called) – ie on the way up to the train station from the quays. If you know Cork, you know where I mean! Anyway, they’re one of the last places that will still develop and scan (and print) medium format film. It was €10 for a develop and scan to cd.

The Holga is always hit and miss – ya never knows what ya gonna get. I tried to take pictures of colour subjects as it was colour film (I have mostly put b+w through the Holga). This one ain’t bad, though I do feel sometimes that taking pictures of graffiti is a bit like stealing! But what the hell. If you know who the graffiti artist is, let me know 🙂

– Rory





More colour Holga

19 02 2010

By Sanda Gallina





Sanda’s colour Holga

17 02 2010

By Sanda Gallina

Sanda was busy scanning Holga negs in college last week. Here’s one of them.

– Rory





Holga Tyres

16 02 2010

Tyres by Rory O'Toole

Did a bit of scanning this morning. This is a typical Holga shot, of a wagon full of tyres down at my brother in laws farm in Limerick. The Holga is the cheapest most rubbish camera I own, and yet for the past two years I have much preferred the work I have produced from it over my 35mm Nikon. Maybe I live in a blurry world …

– Rory