I’d been doing exclusively digital photography for the past two years, but a few weeks ago, just for fun, I bought a Holga — a cheaply made medium-format camera with a plastic lens, a well-deserved reputation for light leaks and lens distortion, and a cult following among bored photographers who get a kick out of capitalizing on such weaknesses — and set out in search of 120 film and someone to process it.
I found both at Apertures Photo, 1936 S. Harvard Ave.
I also found a nice selection of professional photography equipment and supplies, a few Macs, and a knowledgeable crew of friendly, helpful employees who were willing to answer questions and offer suggestions on getting along with a temperamental plastic camera.
Prices are reasonable (120 film costs about $6 for a 12-exposure roll, and processing is $3 for color or $5.50 for black-and-white, plus 69 cents apiece for five-by-five-inch matte-finish prints), and the turnaround time is quick: The first time I dropped off a black-and-white roll for processing, I really didn’t expect to see it again for a couple of weeks, but I was pleasantly surprised to find prints waiting for me by the time I got off work that evening. And nice prints they were, too:
Their color work is equally nice:
Prices are a bit higher than the drugstore photo lab, but when it comes to photo processing, you pretty much get what you pay for; I find Apertures’ prices to be pretty consistent with the mom-and-pop places I’ve dealt with in other communities, and their work is as good as any I’ve seen. Highly, highly recommended.
Apertures is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 742-0500 or visit aperturesphoto.com.
Oh — and if you’re interested in playing with a Holga, Apertures sells them for $32.99 apiece.