For the month of March, our group decided to focus on and photograph artificial light. This was a challenge for many, because when photographers think of “artificial light” we think of strobes and studio lighting. And while yes, that is artificial, so is: a flashlight, cellphone light, street lamp, external (cheap) flash, attached flash, car lights, etc… So really, all it took is for us to think a little outside the realm of the obvious and have fun with it!
Originally, I wanted to shoot long exposures at night with my Canon 3000n. But as soon as I set up my tripod, my camera died. Literally. So, plan b it was. And actually, plan b turned out being pretty amazing. I had an impromptu photoshoot with my daughter. I used my Holga 120S, a cheap external flash, and a roll of Ilford HP5+.
I swear, every time I shoot a roll on one of my Holgas I wonder why I own any other camera. These images speak to me on so many levels that other images I make with different cameras just don’t.
Be sure to check out my friend Amy Berge and her take on “artificial light” this month!
But I did sneak in some Holga long exposure images using city and car lights!
The technical stuff for those who like it:
Cameras: Holga 120N and 120S
Film: Ilford HP5+
Developer: Kodak HC-110 (1+15 dilution)