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Inventing a Digital Camera for Lo-Fi Freaks

Holga. D bills itself as the perfect camera for people who are nostalgic for the blurry, leaky, yellowy photos of yore, but still attached to some of the conveniences of digital technology, which is pretty much everyone over the age of 20, right?

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Designed by Finland-based Saikat Biswas, Holga. D mimics the original Holga — that crappy, bare-bones, made-in-China toy camera that can’t take a decent picture to save a life — in nearly every way, except that it’s rigged to download images.

But, like an old Holga, it doesn’t have a display window so you can’t actually see the images until you throw ’em on your computer. And like an old Holga, the biggest feature is, in Biswas’s telling, “lack of features!” No fancy sensors, no micro-lenses, no nuthin’. The point: to bring “back the joy and delayed gratification associated with good old analog photography.”

We agree: There’s something exciting about not being able to look at your photos immediately, especially since it means that your vain friends can’t go and erase all the pictures you snapped that don’t capture their “good side.” But for us, the real charm of analog photography is in the developing — in waiting hours or days for prints, whose blurry, leaky, yellowy flaws can’t be scrubbed clean in Photoshop. Biswas wants to integrate something like that into the Holga D, by using low quality sensors and filters — creating images along these lines:

Holga-D

Holga. D is just a prototype at this point, Biswas is hoping to put it into production. If you’ve got any leads or suggestions, holler at him here.

[Hat tip to Trendland.com]

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