While the weather here in the Western Upper Peninsula has not been welcoming to image makers, I managed to get out Sunday morning to test ride the Holga 120 WPC pinhole camera with a roll of my favorite Fomapan 100. When taking the negatives out of the developing tank and visually inspecting them against the bright light of the kitchen windows, a light leak from the top of the film strip on all negatives came to immediate attention. While Holgas have the reputation of living up to their cheap construction standards, in all honesty, after shooting with more than a dozen, this was my first light leak in a sample. Spending $60 bucks on a medium format piece of plastic does not give one survivor benefits in the world of quality control….A strip of black gaffer tape across the too seam of the camera back will eliminate the problem, without question. Surprisingly, I found the images, light leaks aside, very close in quality to those produced by the 4x5 Harman Titan Pinhole. After hauling the 4x5 pinhole, with 20 film holders on a recent trip to visit my son and his family in California, I became insightful into the notion of going light….I think this piece of questionable plastic will fit the bill just fine. Next test will be color with Kodak Porta 160 and a river with subdued light…..
“…the sad part is, that I will probably end up loving you without you for much longer than I loved you when I knew you.
Some people might find that strange.
But the truth of it is that the amount of love you feel for someone and the impact they have on you as a person, is in no way relative to the amount of time you have known them.”
― Ranata Suzuki
What a hoot it was for me when in San Francisco to visit the Haight Ashbury neighborhood where the 60’s started and see the home of the Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead from 1965-1968. R.I.P. Jerry…