President John F. Kennedy Hearse at the Barrett-Jackson Auction

President John F. Kennedy Hearst at Barrett Jackson Auctions (photo by Charly Butcher)

President John F. Kennedy Hearst at Barrett Jackson Auctions (photo by Charly Butcher)

Wow! I’ve been waiting for my mother’s first Holga photos for nearly two weeks now and I finally have the negatives on my scanner.

My mother, Charly Butcher (, lives in Phoenix, Arizona. The JFK hearse was up for auction at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

Read John F. Kennedy’s Dallas Hearse up for Auction in Scottsdale (Jan. 17, 2012) for how this all began.

Charly bought her first Holga (there will be others) at a local camera retailer and resisted the urge to buy other camera equipment (one of her husband’s dreams). She then proceeded with her husband in tow (actually, he drove) to the auction, where she did the best she could with absolutely zero Holga experience, poor lighting, a crowd of people and less than ideal scenery.

As of right now, I have only scanned one roll of film. This image came off a roll of Kodak TMAX 400. Of the twelve images, this was the only one that came out. Talk about lucky.

I will be scanning the other two rolls in a few minutes. I can already see there are images to be had.

I can’t than my mother enough for being part of my JFK project, Death by Holga: 11.22.63. Cheers.

Another Photo

Okay, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. And you can’t take Holga photos without the back coming off every now and again (I’ve done it three or four time).

The following image is not a CGI background for the next Star Trek movie. It is in fact a shot of the Barrett-Jackson showroom floor after the back of my mother’s Holga came off. This is a happy accident, because the image is quite lovely.

The Holga Back Came Off (photo by Charly Butcher)

The Holga Back Came Off (photo by Charly Butcher)

About Mr. Holga

Mr. Holga is a film photographer specializing in Holga camera photography with Kodak film. Mr. Holga enjoys using any old film camera, especially a camera fifty plus years old or older. Mr. Holga is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. Mr. Holga is also the walkabout photographer and reporter for Dallas Art News. Mr. Holga published a collection of Holga images in his book, Death by Holga: 11.22.63, which was about the Kennedy assassination.
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