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May 27, 2006

My First Holgaroid, Evan

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 84 / 100 ISO

Evan and I went to Samy's Camera in Venice to try and scare up a new lens cap for my 28-200mm tameron which I lost someplace the night before. I saw a nice display of Holgas and inquired as to if they might have a Poloroid back available. The woman at the counter told me that since they had been discontinued they were becoming harder and harder to find.

A man leaned over to me and said under his breath, "you should call Freestyle camera in Hollywood, I was there yesterday and I saw they had a couple left, but you'd better hurry."

I spared no time and called them just as soon as we left Samy's. The saleswoman I reached strongly urged me to put my name on one. Evan and I showed up at Freestyle the following morning to pick it up.

When we arrived, a different saleswoman took it up to the cash register and remarked, "you know this is the last one, right? We are the only importer of these from Japan in the country and this is the last one, that's it, and you've got it."

She proceeded to open the packaging and showed me everything there was to know about the back. She remarked, "I've turned away at least three people this morning who wanted to buy one, I want to make sure you know how to use it before I hand it over to you."

When I reached my dad's house in Sherman Oaks Evan and I put the back on the camera and I had him pose in the sunlight for a picture.

My dad was highly skeptical of our purchase. After all, it had made us late for breakfast ("everything got ice cold!") but everything was put to rest when we passed this Holgaroid around. This photo is like a combination between my brother and The Unibomber taken by a first year art school photography student. I love it!

 

Posted by jordanh at May 27, 2006 1:13 PM |

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