I took three pre-loaded, taped Holgas with me, a flash, diffuser and my tripod; for me this is packing light. Light leaks in my opinion are blank spaces on the negatives where details of an image should have been. I don’t think large light leaks are artistic, therefore, I tape which is time consuming as is changing film. I have multiple Holga cameras because I don’t like to change film in the field or to re-tape. Of course I did both at the color run in a rare patch of naturally green grass. I’m curious to see how my film will turn out – or not.
Plastic rules! It's lightweight, it's cheap, it loves film, and it definitely had home court advantage at the color run. I wondered at the need for all of the large Hefty bags wrapped around all of the digital cameras that were there. I dismissed the 30 second rain shower that began and ended just prior to the start. I later found out that the colored powder causes damage to them. Had I shot with digital equipment this small detail, and the fact that I’m still working on my first million would have stopped me cold. The powder was everywhere – there was no escape. It was either handed out, tossed into the air or windblown by machine. In spite of ducking, running and jumping, I still came home with fuchsia pink socks. I imagine that a few digis, in spite of their plastic wraps, suffered the same fate and thus given last rites.
I don’t know if it were the random streaks of color on my sweats, or my glowing socks, but it was an easy “people” day even after I left the event; which was the real test so to speak. Near the end of my day, an older gentleman approached me, and asked if I would take his picture. I was outside of the photographer, and shyly shook my head no. Lucky for me, “no,” was not an answer that he would take so I took out my camera, re-set my tripod and took his picture. Then a woman walked into frame and joined him. They didn't appear to know each other. Both looked at me, smiled when ready, so I took another one.
Later in retrospect, I reminded myself that people don’t usually ask to have their picture taken, to delete the word "no" from my vocabulary when working, and to simply photograph more people.