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More than just cheap plastic cameras

By • May 6th, 2008 • Category: Camera Fashion

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A cheap plastic camera doesn’t have to be naked and ugly! Here are some of my works on various ‘toy’ cameras …

Stardust La Sardina : The most girly design I’ve done … a La Sardina for a friend.

Summer Holga : A last minute design for a friend …

Diana’s Butts : A fun design (with a crappy name) Diana+ made specially for ThirtySix’s 1st anniversary.

Woodpecker, Fly : A ‘wooden’ version of the famous Blackbird, Fly camera … made specially for those guys in Superheadz. Camera sponsored by 8storeytree.

Pop Diana+ : A slightly different approach compared to the ‘Woodpecker, Fly’ and Holga cameras I worked on. This time, I decided on a rather ‘raw’ & ‘pop’ look for the design.

Playground Holga : A crazy idea which turned out to be one of my personal favourite.

Woody Holga : My first ever attempt at dressing up a camera. Sold it off in a charity sale.

Postage-free Holga : A stamp covered Holga with a coat of clear paint. It was pretty challenging working with those old stamps as they were very fragile.

*** Here are some other images of dressed up Holga cameras sent to me by readers ***



Owner & designer : Hurlumhej http://www.flickr.com/photos/rynage/
Design name : English Walnut Holgamod



Owner & designer : Jimmy Phua | Singapore http://www.8storeytree.com
Design name : Zebra Holga



Owner & designer : cyanwater | Singapore http://www.cyanwater.com
Design name : Cyan Holga

Owner & designer : Matteo aka lomobarba | Villabella, Italia http://www.flickr.com/photos/lomobarba/
Design name : color.holga



Owner & designer : Konah Zebert | Fayetteville, United States http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebert/
Design name : Bluberry Holga



Owner & designer : sapienz | Singaporehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/disruptiveresistance/
Design name : sapienzHolga



Owner & designer : Naresh Kumar | Singaporehttp://www.nareshinc.com
Design name : Louis Vuitton Holga



Owner & designer : mscrafty | Singaporehttp://mscrafty.livejournal.com/
Design name : Tokidoki Holga



Owner & designer : Jia | Singapore
Design name : Red Floral

Owner & designer : i.am.hAliS | Singapore
Design name : Holga “Dope” GN

Owner & designer : exact-colour | Singapore
Design name : Anti-slip Holga

68 Comments »

  1. @Jenni : Thank you

  2. Hi i love the lego one. Any idea where i can get that? If any one do please email to this email felchia.jx@gmail.com thanks(:

  3. @Fel : I made that one and it was sold in a charity sale some time ago. Sorry I’ve no idea if anyone else has made a similar one or has the buyer put it up for sale later on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Will it be possible if you make another one?

  5. @Fel : So sorry to disappoint you but I won’t be able to make another one. Firstly … it was supposed to be a ‘one piece only’ when I sold it and secondly … I don’t really like doing the same thing again. Hope you understand. I’ve been saying this but maybe I can *cough* repeat it again … I’m trying to find time to work on some new designs/ideas but … *cough* free time is something that is hardly in my vocabulary anymore. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. These are amazing! I already covered one of mine in feathers (click my name for link) but the anti-slip Holga has inspired me to knit a skin for another one (at first-glance I thought exact-colour had crocheted that fetching blue & white skin!)

  7. @6x6pix : Your chicken Holga is cool and very interesting! Hahaha! Now how do you actually bring it out for shoots? Hahaha! Don’t me adding your link here for those who wanna take a look at your cool work. http://www.tasteslikeyellow.com/6×6/chicken

  8. inspired me to knit a skin for another one (at first-glance I thought exact-colour had crocheted that fetching blue & white skin

  9. @ุงู„ู‚ุตูŠู… ูƒุงู… : Cool! Don’t forget to share your new work when it is complete. We’d love to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. […] magazines. His creativity does not stop at taking interesting pictures with toy cameras but customising the camera itself. His latest customisation on the Polaroid Spectra camera will be exhibited at Thirtysix […]

  11. Impressive designs!!! I love the lego holga and butts diana! So cute and colourful!

  12. @cutebun : Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. We always reeembmr our first.Plastic camera, that is. Mine was a modified Holga. I ordered it while working on a long-term, out-of-town project in Greenville, Texas. Aimlessly surfing the net one afternoon, I found some images made with a toy plastic camera of a cemetery in New York City. I was mesmerized. A few clicks and a couple of Google searches later, I purchased what would become my precious Holgy. That pile of plastic and a fistful of film were waiting for me when I returned home. I was immediately sent to Pascagoula, Mississippi on a new project, so that is the city where I lost my toy camera virginity. At first, I thought my return to film-based photography was, like Proust’s madeleine, a remembrance of things past. I certainly realized how sterile digital photography was compared to the tactile experience of inserting a roll of 120. I also relished the sweet pain of delayed gratification mailing the film off to a lab in California and waiting and waiting and waiting for the return of my prints. That four years and countless rolls of film ago. Today, I am the steward of a second Holga (one can never have too many), a niew Diana+, an original Diana, a Banner, and an Arrow (thank God for eBay), as well as a Horizon 202 panoramic. I define myself as a toy camera photographer, to which most people respond with Huh? or What’s that? followed by Why? My response usually includes something about obtaining images possible only with the combination of film and low-fi optics and the unpredictable nature of the two.But that changed two months ago. That is when my mother asked me to help her clean out her storage room. One large tub was filled with old family photos. And there, in all that deckle-edged, black and white, Kodak Brownie blurriness, was my toy camera A-ha moment. It was a truly Freudian experience. Sometimes a plastic camera is more than a plastic camera. It is a return to my childhood. Like a long-forgotten dream, I realize how those images informed my memory of my childhood. There I am in all my out-of-focus, snapshot glory, playing with the garden hose, petting my beagle, Pete, standing next to my pet duck, Ducky Doodle, in a shallow wading pool, holding my great-grandmother’s hand, and showing off my new pair of cowboy boots. No wonder I cherish the portrait I took of my youngest son last winter, standing with my old Flexible Flyer sled. Except for the Gap sweatshirt, it could just as easily have been of me 35 years ago.That is why now that I have gone plastic, I can never really go back. And, why I will always reeembmr my first.

  14. @Youssef : That’s awesome!

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  17. Lovely work. Does the Blackbird Fly come apart easy enough to cover in stickers like that? I have been debating getting one with the intention of repainting it, but i’m not sure if you can take the front colour face off to do so, and I’m not sure how fiddly it’ll be painting around the two lenses.

  18. @Batman : I did not take apart the BBF to cover it in stickers. That made doing it a lot harder but I was reluctant to take it apart, fearing that it might be hell putting it together again. Many delicate parts in there. If you are painting it, why not try tape up the lenses before you start painting? That might save you lots of time (and headache).

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