The team at HolgaDirect is greatly pleased to announce that the “Give Us Your Best Shot” attracted almost 400 entries showing some of the best Holga photography from all over the world. Without much further ado, here are the six best photographs as chosen by the public and the team at HolgaDirect commented by the photographers themselves who were kind enough to let us know a bit more about their photography and these pictures in particular.
1 – The Fisherman by Risky Hidayat
“My aim was to capture the activity in a location known as “Rawa Pening” (Pening Lake at Salatiga, Central Java – Indonesia). Here there are Fishermen who keep fishing from dawn till until sun goes down. For this shot I’ve used a Holga 120N with Kodak Ektacolor 160″
- See more of Risky’s photography on Flickr
2 – The Horses Man of Tengger by Pandu Isaac Yanuar
“This photo is about the spirit of this Indonesian man. I have tried to capture him riding his horse waving the fluttering Indonesian flag in a great landscape. I thought it would be amazing and really describes Indonesia so I took my camera, a Holga 120N with Kodak Ektacolor, and managed to take this photo.”
- See more of Pandu’s photography on Flickr
- See more of his work on his blog: http://sempakusut.blogspot.com/
2 – Inner Voice by Jose Llorens Lloret
“The image was taken last summer during my vacations. I was in Lisbon (Portugal), with Neus, my friend and journey partner, and my new Holga 135 BC TLR. It was August, 12 p.m. approximately, and we were admiring the pretty views of Lisbon from a viewpoint located in one of the city hills. I wanted to take a double exposure, and I remembered how good are doubles with dark silhouettes against the Sun light, and then merge them with a different image. So that’s what I did, I put myself against the Sun and asked my friend how I wanted her to take my picture. I thought that I would be nice to merge my body with Lisbon, then I found a beautiful picture of the city made on tiles. I took the picture of it, and that’s how some time later I got the image that you can see.
I titled the contest entry as “Inner Voice” because watching my body sihouette in the image is like seeing inside of me, my feelings and my thoughts connected with the great moment I was living: the experience of Lisbon. So the picture is an expression of my inner voice at that moment of my life.
I took the picture with an Holga 135 BC TLR (double exposure) with Lomography Color Negative film (ISO 100).
3 Red Up There by Ashley Justiniano
“I think this shot captures what I like most all in one half-framed photograph: Travelling, the color Red, the sunset, the sky, the sea… It all combines to re-create this vivid memory of a wonderful sunset in an unlikely place and from a unforgettable trip abroad. I couldn’t help but take the shot with my trusty Holga 135TIM (using color 200ISO film) and just hope it captured even if just a fragment of the gorgeousness it truly beheld… and, gladly, it did! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the shot.”
3 Magnolia by Joanna Śmieja
“I took this photo in my parents’ back yard during a sunny day in the middle of summer. The light was great and the combination of colours – blue sky and pink magnolia – was perfect to me.
I took this photo with Holga 135TIM and Fuji Superia 200.”
3 Angel Oak – Emma Elaine Dobbs
“Angel Oak is a vertical Holgarama image made of a live oak tree located outside of Charleston, South Carolina. I especially found this tree inspiring and began a photographic study using my Holga. I decided simply taking monotonous images would never portray the immensity of the tree so I resolved to use a different technique. Producing a Holgarama is an exciting process using any standard Holga toy camera by setting the exposure number to the larger option while also using the larger removable image window that is typically used for the smaller number of exposures. To me, this image speaks volumes through the contrast of the grainy aesthetic obtained with the Holga compared to the actual subject of a picturesque tree that has lasted through a thousand years on this planet. As part of a larger series on localized deforestation, this image also speaks on our role as protectors and displays a success in the war for our environment.”
A little bit about Emma (by Emma): “I am an award winning and published contemporary artist specializing in wedding and portrait photography through a venture entitled Emma Elaine Photography, though I also contribute to the Fine Art division of photography as well. I am a top graduate of the University of West Georgia receiving a bachelor’s degree in 2009 for Fine Art with a focus in photographic design. I am preparing to start graduate school in the near future to further my knowledge of the subject.”
- View more of Emma’s work
A big thank you from The HolgaDirect team to all the participants, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Stay tuned for further announcements and new constests and sweepstakes in the coming months.
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