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The search for digital imperfection

For a while now I’ve been looking for the digital Holga. I purchased a $10 digital camera at Wal Greens. That didn’t give me what I was looking for. The camera came close image-wise, but the camera needs a PC to download and it only holds 20 images. Impractical for any real day shooting.

Enter the Digital Harinezumi, which is attracting a cult following. There is a version 1 and 2. Most people seem to favor the first model, but the V1 seems impossible to get without paying big bucks. The V2, at $180, is still expensive. But at least that camera is available.

That prompted me to dig out my first digital camera, a Kodak DX3900, with circa 2001 technology, hoping I could make it look crappy enough. Clio was nearby and obliged with a yawn.

While I mull over a Digital Harinezumi enjoy this photo.

Clio yawns. Captured with a Kodak DX3900
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More Digital Holgas

A few more from the Vivitar Mini Digital

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Digital Holga? The $10 Vivitar Mini Digital

I’ve been thinking again about destructionist photography and the randomness of the Holga. I’m always amazed by Michal Daniels’ work, made with the camera mounted on a Palm Pilot organizer. His site, 640×480.net, is like a raw nerve.

There is something about those images that are so less than technically perfect, but done so with a purpose. Even camera phones are now turning out amazing quality images.

I found this $10 camera at Walgreens. It shoots 20 images at 352×288 at 72 pixels per inch. The camera has no LCD and will take 20 images. There is a pop-up glass window that gives a vague idea of what will be recorded. The only way to download the photos is on the PC. The Mac won’t recognize the camera. There is about a second delay when taking a photo. It eats the single “AAA” battery that powers it, so only load the battery when shooting.

There’s a place somewhere for this camera. Sample images from my first shoot below from a half-hour spin around my neighborhood: