Friday, January 09, 2015

Holgas and Diana (Icons Behind the Lens Series)

Sergio Larrain's photo behind two Holgas and a Diana.

Can dogs be better artists than us?  Here I was shooting this still life of my toy cameras and Sergio Larrain's photo, and our Pomeranian started complaining.  She insisted that she needed to direct the shoot.

My tribute to toy cameras.  I have a few of them, couple of Holgas and a Diana, which I cherished and made remarkable photos.  They say that post-modern art is about the process.  Yeah, the ones I've taken with these toy cameras may look crappy but the process resulted in very interesting experience and stories to tell.  The photo on the middle was shot by Sergio Larrain in 1957 at Valparaiso, Chile.  The original photo must have been taken with a professional medium format camera or maybe a Leica. (Somebody please tell me if you have this information.)  But what would it looked like if it had been taken with one of the toy cameras?  Hence my interpretation of Larrain's iconic shot.  I think it still looks good.  Personally, I think it even looks better.  Anybody wants to trade their Leica or Hasselblad with my Holga.  I'll trade two Holgas for either one.



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