Black & White Film Photography of Michael Hartsock



My photography is realized with black & white film personally processed and printed in a traditional "wet" darkroom.  I experiment with various techniques including hand held and tripod time exposures, multiple in camera exposures and sandwich printing of negatives.

I purchased a Holga camera in 2012. Since that time the majority of my work has been accomplished with the little Holga. Sometimes referred to as a toy camera, the Holga is a plastic film camera first introduced in China in the 1980s as an inexpensive mass-market camera. The Holga does not have a light meter and has a fixed shutter speed with “bulb” setting to hold the shutter open. The Holga can be challenging to use but the results are worth the effort. The natural vignetting and the softer focus of the plastic lens is a pleasant departure from the ultra sharpness of modern lenses.