Holga doubles

I haven’t used my Holga 120 in awhile. I usually save it for the beach and rainy days because its plastic body is perfect for those conditions. I long ago gave up taking my digital camera out in those conditions. The sand combined with the wind at the beach can wreck havoc with electronics. My pinhole and Holga cameras are the best for these wet and windy conditions.

Last week before attending a photography brown bag lunch talk at the Portland Art Museum(third Wednesday every month) I walked around Portland making double exposures. I tried doing opposites in each frame…..Like food restaurants with people on the street or cars parked up and the sign “Run”. Some were successful and some were not, but that’s part of the fun. Never quite sure what I’ll get until the negatives are developed. Isn’t that part of why we like using film?


Teddy Roosevelt and Paris. The rough rider vs refinement.


Pioneer Courthouse Square, the courthouse and a lone man.    The square where crowds congregate vs the lonely man


parked cars and “Run”. Sedentary vs exercise


Camerons Book Store and the gate. Knowledge vs barriers


People on the street and a full parking lot.   People and their belongings parked on the street vs no place to park at all


Mc Donalds and a dog with his master. Available food vs those who go hungry

(all images were made on a Holga 120 medium format plastic camera with Ilford Delta 400 film. Developed at home with Ilfosol 3)


About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me. I use both digital and film cameras.
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1 Response to Holga doubles

  1. Dan James says:

    Clever opposites! I remember getting my Holga summer of 2012, my first film camera (hundreds were to follow!) The fact that this plastic toy could create any kind of image was (and still is) amazing to me. That you could do multiple exposures (which I discovered on more than one occasion by accident) was even more incredible.

    I’ve done a few film swaps (with 35mm film) where we’ve agreed ahead of time to shoot opposites in the respective layers, like near and far, or people and objects. Generally works better than a random double exposure, as you’ve found too.

    My favourite photograph above is the bookshop one I think.

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