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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Just bought two new cameras yesterday, and the one I'm cradling like my own child is this new Casablanco Holga from the Holgawood Collection. To have a film camera in my hand again--a cult film camera--makes me feel so nostalgic and re-inspired. I haven't wound a roll of film since maybe sophomore year of college, and haven't been inside a darkroom since then either. Sigh. But I still hold on to the last pack of darkroom paper that I never used lol. That's probably why I always loved Erykah Badu for dubbing herself "An analogue girl living in a digital world." Never thought I'd miss the smell of D76 and fixer but I so do. Even though the other camera I bought was a small point-and-shoot digital to assist on photo shoots and take to parties, the feeling of holding a film camera again is incomparable.

I made sure to buy two rolls of 160 speed film just to play with. Curious about what type of quality a holga produces? Click here to see for yourself. 

I'll be rocking this little baby everywhere as this summer will take me to Chicago, home for my brother's wedding, and, drum roll, please....back to California. (Allow me a moment to just sit in that joyful thought). I'll be making a return solo trip to Cali in August to revisit the city and the festival that stole my heart: San Francisco and the Outside Lands Music Fest. SF shot with a Holga is going to be beautiful. Here's to rediscovering that excitable nerd inside..

On a totally unrelated note, I woke up at 4am for no reason at all today, and this song immediately popped into my head. One of my favorite Peter Bjorn and John tunes that I haven't heard in months, and yet it totally captures the spirit I'm in right now.


  1. I've been reading Chestnut Orange for a couple of months now and I just really appreciate you share your love for the good, simple things in life---dope outfits, good food, interior design, cool events going on DC. It's a bright spot in my Google Reader. :)

    Also, I totally agree with you on film. Unfortunately, my Canon's in the shop right now (insert sad face) but shooting on film again and has actually been fun. I like getting back in that once-familiar routine: loading the film, winding the film, adjusting the ISO manually, and actually waiting to see the results.

  2. Argh. That should read "you sharing* your love*

  3. Danielle, you completely made my day!! Thank you so much for your really sweet comment! So glad you come back to the blog and find some cool things to check out :) That's what it's all about.

    The process of creating and developing images via film is that exciting missing link. It's so intricate and really helps train your eye about how dark or light to shoot, at which aperture, speed, etc. I saw on your site that the Mambu Baud Collective is releasing its inaugural issue April 30th!! So excited for that and for the opportunity to hopefully contribute to the collective in the future. I'll definitely be posting about the magazine's first issue ;)

  4. I really love this song. I went over to Unabashedly Prep again and they had a bunch of tunes for a free download that I think you'll like.


  5. I love holgas. i got some good photos with mine. it took a while for me to get used to because of the light leaks. light leaks are actually good, but you have to know how much light to tape off or else your whole roll of film can be ruined.

    have fun w/ it.


  6. @ Felicia,
    I'm just now checking out the songs on Unabashedly Prep and I love them! The music is spot on to what I'm listening to now.

    Thanks for stopping through Ashlee! I checked out your site and it's really awesome. Love the content, so I'm bookmarking right now :)

    And great tip about taping the bottom of the holga. It'll be interesting to see what develops once this roll of film is done.


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