"The photos should make you stop and look. The image should look different from other Holga photos," Bates added. When she completed the selections, she chose 33 photographers, in genres from fine art to photojournalism, to illustrate the book's how-to format.
Personally, Bates' Holga work has shifted and changed over the years.
She moved from using Holgas for amusement parks and parades to taking abstract objects in nature. Her style has undergone a metamorphosis as well. She approaches "stuff with more of an artistic vision as opposed to reacting what's out there."
Still, it's the camera's ability to transform the most burnt out, gruff old pro, well-versed in most of today's technical equipment, into a child roaming around the world like it's a playground that motivated Bates to take a break from her own body of work and teaching to write the book.
"People are so used to the standard. I'm trying to get them to break out," she said.
Bates' book is available at most bookstores and online at Amazon.com. For more information on Bates, visit her website at www.michellebates.net