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Photographing Newtown with a Holga

Recently I took a stroll around Newtown, Johannesburg, the site of the city's old market. Built in 1913 to serve the growing population of the expanding mining town, today it is home to Museum Afrika and the Market Theatre.

These pictures were shot with a plastic Holga toy camera that I am growing to like more and more. In fact I like it that much that I am going to start using it for street photography.

The Holga is a plastic camera, with a plastic lens that distorts images in its own unique way. It needs to be taped or held together with elastic bands, leaks light like a sieve and produces unique images that can be breath-takingly beautiful.

And yes, the opening image in the spread is a DELIBERATE double exposure!