chantal stone photography: the blog

May 10, 2006

Feeling Moody

Filed under: News — chantal @ 11:33 am

I’ve been meaning to post more of my photos onto this site.

This one, I call “Moody River”. It was taken with a Holga camera, shortly before sunset. There was low-light, and I held the shutter open for a bit, creating the blurred effect.

Images like this often appeal to me when I’m feeling depressed, or just moody, hence the title. It evokes a feeling of emptiness, loneliness and isolation. At least, to me.

Not that I feel like this, but sometimes I can appreciate the act of embracing my moods. To truly enjoy a good mood, I think its key to embrace the bad ones too. We’re entitled to our feelings, and I choose not to suppress mine.

Anyway, back to the picture. It’s dark, it’s mysterious and I like it. I like the effects that the Holga can create. A Holga camera is just a simple, cheap plastic camera that uses medium format film. Many have light leaks that can add to the creativity of the images it creates. The camera has very limited controls, so the photographer is forced to use sheer creativity in order to get the desired effect.

And most times, its just a crap-shoot.

But for a $20 camera, some really cool pictures can be made.


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