It must have been a bizarre sight. Me, standing in a row of paparazzi photographers and their expensive digital Canon’s and Nikon’s, with a duct-taped plastic camera in my hands.
I took this shot during a high-profile celebrity event in Amsterdam, in 2012. Centered is Dutch-Israeli model and television personality Tamara Elbaz. The guy on the left is fashion designer Addy van den Krommenacker; doing some final adjustments to Tamara's dress, right before she will pose on the red carpet in front of the rapidly clicking cameras.
The photo is far from perfect – well, it's Holga, so it’s not supposed to be perfect. Yet, it is one of my favorite images from my analog archives. It does not show a picture-perfect pose or a painted-on smile, but a candid and intimate moment between the designer and his model.
Had this photo been taken with a digital device, it would probably have been deleted without giving it much thought. The moment is still here, because it is captured on film. That’s why I love film.
Technically there is not much to say. With a Holga you point and shoot, and hope for the best.