stonehenge & salisbury

At the end of January I took a day trip with Alba & Leo to Stonehenge and Salisbury. I’d been to Stonehenge before, in 2010 when we accidentally walked in behind a tour group and didn’t actually pay… Anyway, this time it was a glorious sunny day but the wind chill was freezing. The stones were beautiful against the bright blue sky, and I captured it all on black and white film, of course! This is some old Kodak 400TX film that I’ve been saving up to use, and it expired 10/2005 so uh, waiting a little bit longer than normal. I love how the photos came out from pairing this 11 years expired film with my Holga 120CFN, the sunlight and architecture of Salisbury also helped.

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All photos taken on my Holga 120CFN with Kodak 400TX film.

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back to the start: Holga 120CFN

My first film camera was the Holga 120 CFN. I got it back in the day when there was ONE Lomography shop in Sydney, and if you wanted to order online you had to email them an order form and pay over the phone. I also didn’t have the maturity to have a debit/credit card so yeah, my Mum had to buy it for me. I had used film cameras at school and wanted a cheap one for myself (I enjoyed using a massive Mamiya 120 camera but uh, didn’t have the budget for one). Having since accumulated many more film cameras the Holga slipped to the sidelines, mostly because it costs so much to develop 120 film. I thought it was about time to revive it so here are some photos taken recently, but on film that expired 15 years ago!

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All photos taken by me with my Holga 120 CFN on Kodak Portra 160VC film (expired 2001!)

holga is a VIP

I took my Holga out of semi-retirement to take some photos at the 140 William VIP night last week. Can you believe I hadn’t used it for about 2 years?! I have way too many other cameras, obviously. My Holga was the first ever film camera I owned, have had it since 2007 and definitely need to use it more. All these photos were taken on expired 2005 Kodak Portra 160VC 120 film.

the forgotten film

I got my Kodak ‘Brownie’ Cresta camera years ago from a guy with a beard in a singlet who wrapped it up in newspaper for me.

I eventually threw a roll of 120 black and white film in it and shot it over a span of many months, I think it was end of 2010 and beginning of 2011.

The limited amount of locations where you can get 120 black and white film developed meant that I only bothered to do it at the start of this month so I could finally see the results and know whether or not the camera even works!

The results are pleasant, but I have learnt that the old girl is susceptible to camera shake which is reasonable seeing as it is only a point and shoot camera.

Suffice to say I would use it again but I am so terribly slow at completing films and have too many cameras on the go at once that it may be a while before I use it again.