She’s the cool so-called “toy” camera with light defects in her plastic frame that give photos oh-so cool effects.
Well, I never told you about her home. Just as I made Barbie and Ken and lil’ sis’ Skipper a home when I was a little girl, I have given my grown-up toy a place to rest between soft, purple felt walls. Really, it’s main purpose is to keep the latches coming undone when it’s loose in my bag. When that happens, the whole back of the camera comes off and ruins the entire roll of film — and that’s just sad.
So, here it is: Casa del’ Holga. I made it from scrap cardboard and wallpapered it with some of my favorite magazine art. I started with the bottom. I traced the actual camera to get the size and shape and then formed the walls, curving in all the right places to get a nice and secure fit. The top Velcros shut over the lens area.
I like the way it came out. I used a lot of cutouts from Lula (a British mag) and Nylon. They both feature ads and photos that have photos with some of the same vintage look I love so much. Sometimes, when collaging, I try to have a theme, but it usually works best when I just go with it. I love how so many styles are fused on this Holga case. There’s everything from a gyspy woman to Spanish woman and her llama, cityskapes and trucks in the dry grass, cartoon sayings and fantastical images of lovers in love. I always find a little inspiration as I unlock Holga.