A Few Words from Michelle Bates

It’s HolgaWeek! There have been many Holga weeks in my life (in the many years since 1991), including many road trips with bags of Holgas and film as my trusty companions. To have a week where photographers are connecting their solitary photographic pursuits with a global community adds an element of fun that I love.
Wax Orchards Tree, Vashon Island, WA 2005

Wax Orchards Tree, Vashon Island, WA 2005

I’ve seen an absurd number of photographs made with Holgas and other plastic cameras over the last 23 years. I enjoy seeing the excitement of the photographers, and the wide variety of imagery produced. What really inspires me though is seeing artists’ individual artistic vision shine through, combining the quirks of the Holga’s effects and quirks with a unique viewpoint, subject matter, technique or angle. I know what the default look of a Holga image is, and I know the types of subjects that lend themselves to the Holgas fuzzy frame (I’ve made many myself). It’s the artists who transcend the obvious; who try, perfect and then move on from the default who move the genre forward and truly create art. I love the ease of getting into this type of photography, and I celebrate everyone who makes photos they love. For this week though, let’s push the boundaries and see where we can go!
Michelle
Body, from "Exquisite Decay" Israel 2008

Body, from “Exquisite Decay” Israel 2008

Sifting Grain, Nepal 2007

Sifting Grain, Nepal 2007

 

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