I never leave home without a camera, but when I am out for a walk I want something light and easy. I grab my Holga. I have 4: the classic black, a white one, a pink one and one with a flash.
The Holga has some characteristics you either like or don’t. There’s the soft focus, the vignetting, the light leaks and the sun flare. I have to admit that after being used to the sharpness of my digital cameras it took me awhile to embrace this type of photography.
Now I write for the online magazine, Lomography, who not only sell the Holga but a multitude of little plastic cameras. Plus they invent new ones all the time. Their latest is the Belair X 6-12 that shoots three formats: 6×6, 6×9,6×12. I use the Holgas that take 120 film but there are also some with 35 mm formats.
So on New Years Day, Ron and I set out for a little walk and I decided to just snap some photos along the way. We started by walking across the street from our house and into Graham Oaks Nature Park. I love that we live next to this park with its walking trails, wetlands, trees, deer, birds, and a few resident coyotes.
We had planned on walking just a couple of miles but the sun was shining and so we kept going. we decided to walk down to the Willamette River and the Boones Railroad Bridge. The grandson of Daniel Boone, yes he was real, settled in Wilsonville and both the Boones Ferry Road and bridge are named for him.
The old town of Wilsonville is going through a little transformation and renewal and it could not come soon enough. It can be a little rough in areas and I am sure many of the people who live here hate seeing the changes that are coming their way. But at the river’s edge there is a nice park and in the summer, when the water is lower, a nice little sandy beach.
We discovered a paved path at the end of the park that continues under the freeway, onto the other side and into Memorial Park. We decided to explore it on another day for we had already walked 6 miles and we were hungry. We stopped at the newly built McMinnemans for some sustenance to make the trek back home.