I began buying my Holgas in various colors to cut down on using so much artist tape. This eliminated the need to tape part of the film box to the back of the camera. Now the color simply tells me what kind of film is in which camera. My new Holgas are banana yellow, and gold. In all honesty I have not given a thought to the fact that I’m shooting with what is widely considered a “toy” camera, in over four years. I was once impressed with how expensive film cameras and lenses were, and I admired other photographers’ gear. Obviously I’ve drifted away from that.
So when I received an email from one of my new friends (a digital shooter) filled with what was their private thoughts about my “Mickey Mouse” camera, and how I’m shooting film, and that I probably didn’t know what I was doing, I laughed out loud (this has to be written out because LOL is just too inadequate). At the time (last Saturday) I didn’t have business cards either, and exchanging information on a piece of paper made a distinct impression as well. I continued to read, laugh, and smile.
Well by the end of their email I had been given much praise, and encouragement for the future because my new friend had taken a stroll through my website. What pleased me most is when I read that my writings had encouraged further research on the Holga camera, and Vivian Maier, and that my site had been added onto their “favorites” list.
Basically I'm a perceptive and resilient artist whom only chafes when I’m asked, “who do you work for?,” which I find snobbish and rude because it often produces instantaneous dismissal/stranger judgment. Other than that I'm affable and easy going about film, Holgas, and digital shooters. I do my own thing, and I often remember a quote that I recently tweeted, "How many people here have telekinetic powers? Raise my hand." - Emo Philips.
I have bought new business cards (smile) in a subtle shade of silver to coordinate with my many and much loved, "Mickey Mouse" Holgas.