Randy Smith is doing some cool restoration and pimping of the Brownie Hawkeyes here:
Holgas are fun for what they are, just plain simple and akin to single use cameras you may have used as a kid. Not really worrying about settings as you cant do much about them. I've played with a few of them as well, but never wanted to have one myself. Now i would want the lomo lca though, which is an awesome toy camera I enjoyed, but then again these prices the last few years are just ridiculous for what they are. I'd rather invest that money into better lenses.
Count me in with the Holga fans!
I got into a rut with my usual 6x7 and 6x17 b+w transparencies, and the pursuit of a certain type of technical excellence.
So I junked my rule book, picked up a couple of Holgas and and a Brownie Hawkeye, reversed the lens and had great fun with all 3. Helped free me from my self-imposed visual shackles, taught me a lot about how creativity works and can be challenged, and made me look at the world with different eyes.
Have printed some of the resulting pictures as polymer photogravures...
When it comes to making worthwhile photographs, there's no difference between a Holga, a Leica, a pinhole, a Sinar, a Deardorff, a Rolleiflex, etc.
In the right hands, they're all capable of producing images that sing.
How does one make a living being a "Holga Designer"?
I think the design is the same as it has ever been. Not much work for the designer to do. Just lay about and get paid, I imagine.
Nice work if you can get it.
Sorry Bill, but I don't get your point.
That guy designed the original Holga as well as different cameras and accessories of the same name. I did not imply that it was important construction/design work.
And seemingly he does not take himself that seriously.