- Aug 18, 2018
So when I was in college, Holga cameras, those being the cheap, plastic cameras from China that allowed all kinds of unique warping and distortion due to their oftentimes admittedly subpar build quality, were all the rage. I still have a Holga 120N sitting on my shelf, although I haven't used it in years. I remember there being a lot of eventual pushback against the whole Holga/lo-fi wave by purists who claimed that the trend was by and large pictures of little to no skill that attempted to get by on the unique image warping and colors that were in actuality nothing more than the result of sub-par hardware. Well, we now we live in an time where pictures of everyday items distorted by filters are as close as your own phone is in reach. So I was curious to get Era's opinion. Are there those in photography-Era who still use Holga devices? Are there those who are opposed to their use? And how does photography-Era feel about a growing culture where everything can be instantly photographed and filtered and Instagramed and offered up for others judgement?