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Friday, October 20, 2006

Boris, my holga.

You give me something that makes me scared, alright.

Here are some cool photos I took over the 2 week holiday with my incredibly simple yet oh so sophisticated Holga 120 CFN. What is the Holga, you ask? Well, it is firstly a Lomocam, which many of you may know as the line of cameras that produce 4-shots-in-a-sequence-in-one-photograph aka The Actionsampler, such as this one:

Rings a bell? yes? Well, for you malaysians, if you've been to that cool shop Wondermilk that used to be in 1 Utama but have now moved elsewhere. The Holga, while unable to take sequence shots like the Actionsampler, has all these cool little quirks such as 120 mm film format, and functions like multple exposures, multiple coloured flash, vignette affect, a bulb function so that you can keep the shutter open as long as you want, allowing you to produce breathtakingly amazing photographs you (seriously) could never imagine. Photography enthusiasts looking for a whole different approach to the ART of photography, this is for you. These are all completely unedited, digitally or otherwise, just good ol film and printing at the local photo shop.

So first off, we have the 4 best shots from the first batch of photos I took just experimenting with the holga (aka Boris, as I've decided to name him. Yes, its a him.).

The first photo was taken first of a treeful of flowers, then with a second exposure going upclose to a cluster of flowers using blue flash, then a third exposure with red flash. See it? Second photo I took while waiting for a bus, I took the photo, then rotated the camera 90 degrees and took it again. I'm just so in love with the vignette and soft focus..after 3 terms of using normal SLR cameras with black and white film, discovering the Holga was a godsend.

These next photos were taken at a party using regular 35mm film. How do I fit 35mm film into a camera built for 120mm? Some sponge to fit the film in, and some sticky tape to attach the actual film to the spool, and voila. What you then get, as a result of using the smaller film, is the images going over the sprockets (those little black rectangles along the sides of the film), which, let me add, is bloody fucking cool.And last but not least, this is a 180 panaromic shot I took in a park, with Adi as my model. This one I had to scan in using a negative-specific scanner, because no photo shop would print it.

If you're wondering how I managed it, well the fact is that is all because of the greatness of the one and only Holga. As the advance lever isn't connected to the shutter release, you can basically wind on your film as little or as much as you want from exposure to exposure. So what I did for the panaromic shot was wind about 3/4 of a regular exposure, snap, turn a bit, wind again, snap, turn again...

The possibilities with the holga are endless. If you're bored or frustrated with conventional cameras and looking for a different take and approach to taking photos, the Holga is for you. Learn about lomography from www.lomo.com


In another side of things, first week of year 12's started, and my life is in such a mess. I wish I could rewind to 2 months ago and do things differently, avoid the situations I'm finding myself in and goddamit just KEEP MY STUPID MOUTH SHUT.

Honestly, I don't think I've ever felt this lost and isolated from everything else since, I duno, when I was 12 and hating everything.

So I guess what I'm saying is that the next 12 months or so of my life are gona be hectic, and this past week has been no exception. Trying to run the school Amnesty group, helping out with enrolment for next year's batch of newbies, designing the school yearbook, trying to keep a group of friends from falling apart, and the stupidest part of all, getting into stupid feuds with people much lesser than myself...All in a week? Talk about overload. BUT, getting not one, not two, not 3, but...Four awards for photography and visual arts, the 2 subjects I can just breeze through and blitz without even trying, is oh so rewarding.

I'm just at that annoying point where I'm starting to see the bad in everything around me, especially at school. Even my teachers are letting me down; now who am I supposed to quote and admire and suck up to? gah, frustratedness.

And as I like to do, I shall end this post with a playlist of a beautiful mishmash of good ol favorites, and also semi-obscure music from all over the world that you should damn straight get acquainted with, and thank me for introducing you to (this is the point where I tell you not to take me so seriously, but seriously, these are great tunes):-

Goodnight, lovelies.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

strokes pics

The holidays are here! Its party party party time for kimmy.

Tomorrow, I'm buying the Holga 120DFN in time for this weekend's festivities.

aaanyway, check this out guys:

yep yep, strokes pix. Nothing fancy, but still..

yeah, if you stare hard enough, you might just be able to make out valensi.

yay, heads.

Strokes triplets: me, adi, trish. I love this pic. =)

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