Holga Impressions of Venice

When I visited Venice with Mum in May of 2011, Mark loaned me his Holga and some rolls of colour and B&W film, although neither of us thought to have a run-through of the camera and its’ workings before I went. Consequently, I had little understanding of how to correctly wind on the film, the result of which can be seen below in the prints that have all run together.

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

Despite this, I really liked them, as I have inadvertently captured a ‘Venice Collage’, or as the title of this post suggests, more an ‘impression’ than anything else. Some of the individual frames were over-exposed, but this was probably down to me forgetting to set the camera on ‘sunny’ and instead using the ‘cloudy’ setting instead. For those that don’t know, the Holga is a very simple plastic camera, with plastic or glass lenses and extremely basic controls over aperture and shutter speed (it only has one – around 1/100th sec).

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

I managed to rescue the over-exposed frames using exposure adjustment layers in Photoshop, then masking this where it was not needed. These two strips were taken on Isola di San Michele, the cemetery island in the lagoon between Venice and Murano. There was much white marble everywhere, and it was a very hot, very sunny day so the lighting was really contrasty, but I reckon the camera managed really well.

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

I have also used Levels and Curves adjustment layers on most of these strips, as some came out rather flat and lacking in contrast, and once again these effects were masked out where they were less needed.

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

It’s all something a bit different for me, and it was fun to use a film camera and to not be able to see the results immediately as I have become accustomed with digital photography. In fact, I have only just had the films developed – they have been sitting on my desk since last May!

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

 

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

 

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

 

Holga film photographs shot in Venice, Italy (Viveca Koh)

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15 Responses to “Holga Impressions of Venice”

  1. […] Holga Impressions of Venice – let’s call this a wonderful mistake!  Viveca Koh uses a film based Holga camera while on a trip to Venice and comes away with an epic set of images to share.  A theme was captured in this set, and Viveca masterfully processes the resulting images to create a truly breathtaking series of images to view and enjoy. […]

  2. Really pleased with how these came out. The fact that they run together is certainly a unique and fortuitous touch.

  3. A.Barlow says:

    Ha, that’s cool! Nice double – and more – exposures. Gotta love films.
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  4. […] Holga Impressions of Venice – let’s call this a wonderful mistake!  Viveca Koh uses a film based Holga camera while on a trip to Venice and comes away with an epic set of images to share.  A theme was captured in this set, and Viveca masterfully processes the resulting images to create a truly breathtaking series of images to view and enjoy. […]

  5. […] Holga Impressions of Venice – let’s call this a wonderful mistake!  Viveca Koh uses a film based Holga camera while on a trip to Venice and comes away with an epic set of images to share.  A theme was captured in this set, and Viveca masterfully processes the resulting images to create a truly breathtaking series of images to view and enjoy. […]

  6. I think this is absolutely smashing! Great themes in these sets here, Viveca, and they all come together perfectly, like you did this on purpose! What a fabulous post, my friend!

  7. felixsanchez says:

    Wow, this is inspiring. Actually, so inspiring, that I now find myself in deep consideration, checking out that green bodied Holga with 35mm film “sprocket hole” exposure for my next project! Thanks Viveca 🙂
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    • Viveca Koh says:

      Glad I have sent some inspiration your way Felix! Those sprocket hole images are great, please let me know when you have shot some as I’d really like to see them 🙂

  8. Edith Levy says:

    I really like the way these came out. I have to agree with both Jim and Heath. I’ve never used a Holga but the images have a very 1950’s/60’s vibe to them which is very pleasing to the eye.
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  9. Jim Denham says:

    I agree with Heath, the way the frames ran together actually adds to the experience! Very cool!

  10. Heath O'Fee says:

    Lo-fi Venice. Love it. I think the fact that these frames came out all run together is great – such a unique look at an awesome city.

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