Monday, August 29, 2011

New Project Teaser

The bulk of my year has revolved around shooting images for Project 365, which requires me to shoot an image a day for an entire year.  I'm 230+ days into the project and it's been a very trying, tough and at times, uncreative project.  With that being said, it's also been a very satisfying project.  I've shot images with my digital SLR, my iPhone and my various Polaroid cameras.  It has been a great way to explore and develop my creativity.  It's also been a tool to push myself as a photographer.  What this project hasn't allowed me is extra time to focus on other photography projects, though I try to squeeze them in when I can.  One of those projects is currently in development and will be one that comes to a close rather quickly, if I get the results that I hope for. 

I've been experimenting with film this year and as I mentioned in my last post, I just obtained a Hasselblad 500 c/m camera.  I've been shooting with it a great deal recently, and in that process I've developed a fondness for Adox CHS 50 ART black and white film.  It's a very low speed, high grain, black and white emulsion.  I really like the look it gives a scene and is perfect for the type of images that I like to create.  The combination of the Hasselblad and the Adox are the tools that I'm using for the current project.  The project involves portraiture, which is not one of the things I typically like to shoot.  It's a step outside of the box for me, but I feel my subjects will make for great images. 

This is simply an inside look at what I'm hoping will be a very nice project once completed.  I don't wish to share many additional details regarding the project at this time, I mainly wanted to give you a little teaser so you can see what's in store.

This also gives you an idea of the type of images that the Hasselblad 500 c/m and Adox CHS 50 ART film can produce.

As I stated earlier, this is not typical of my style.  So, I welcome comments and/or critiques of my first attempt at portraiture.  I look forward to sharing more of this type of work with you all, as well as the final product of this project.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hasselblad 500 c/m!

I've had a bad case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) this year.  It started in January when my wife purchased a Polaroid SX-70 for my birthday.  From there, I've accumulated numerous film cameras and I'm up to a total of 15 different makes and models.  Some of them I haven't even shot yet.  It's somewhat of an addiction.  When you began diving into the world of film photography, you become aware of so many combinations to achieve your artistic vision.  Cameras manufactured decades earlier are still relevant and in good condition.  Most of them are in perfect working order or may need a simple CLA, but film can still be purchased and wonderful images can be created; all at a fraction of the cost of shooting digitally. 

I'm in my infancy of using 120 medium format film; mostly shooting the roll film through my Lomography cameras, the Holga and the Diana F+.  I've had great results, but I've been wanting to upgrade to a professional medium format camera.  There are a number of great models out there, but there was just something about the iconic Hasselblad 500 c/m camera that I couldn't resist.  Hasselblad is a name that's synonymous with quality and the 500 c/m was a completely interchangeable machine.  The iconic box shape is not the only thing intriguing about this camera. It's truly a professional kit with a variety of interchangeable options.  In addition to the lenses, if you don't like the focusing screen, you can change it.  You don't like the viewfinder, change it; you want to switch from black and white film to color film mid roll, change it.  It's a highly flexible system that produces gorgeously sharp 6x6 "square" negatives.  So, after seeing some of the results on Flickr and reading about this camera and it's surprisingly cheap price point compared to today's digital standards, I just had to get one.  I saved some money and perused eBay until I found a great deal from Columbus Camera Group.  I couldn't resist and I ended up winning the auction. 

It arrived a couple days later and actually handling this camera in person is better than I expected.  It's well built; it's definitely not like holding a Holga in your hand.  The camera is very particular and there are functions that I simply wasn't used to.  A great deal of reading and researching was required before I could actually take this camera on a test run.  After getting a good handle on the basic functions of my new Hasselblad, I was ready to take it for a spin.  Unfortunately, for such a great camera, the only roll of film I had to run through it at the time was a roll of Lomography Red Scale.  Not the ideal roll, but at least I was going to go shooting with this new toy.  I had to pick up a few of my images that were hanging in the Gateway Arts Council Spring Fling Exhibit, so I thought I would swing by Tawawa Park afterwards and run that first roll through.  I spent a couple hours wandering down paths and setting up shots.  This was only the second time that I used a light meter and I had to get used to seeing the image reversed in the viewfinder.  Regardless, it was a good time and I really enjoyed using the camera.  The sound of shutter is magnificent and to hear it is simply enough to convince me to continue using the camera.  After a couple of hours, I had finished the roll of film and I sent it off to my lab for processing.  I received it back within a week and I was a little disappointed.  While my exposures were pretty close, my shots weren't great and I just didn't get anything of outstanding quality.  My negatives also came back heavily scratched.  I had a bit of a freak out moment and thought something was wrong with my A12 back.  I searched all over the Internet and found that Lomography Redscale film scratches easily.  I couldn't be 100 percent certain that my film back was functioning properly until I ran another roll through.  The FPP Midwest Meet Up was coming up in a few weeks, which made for the perfect opportunity to shoot the Hasselblad again.

This time I was armed with a roll of Adox 50 ISO black and white film.  After the photo walk portion of the meet up, I ventured back out alone to do some additional shooting.  I shot the entire roll, focusing mainly on urban and rural decay type shots.  The roll came back from my lab without scratching and I was happy with some of the results.  While I have a lot to learn and I still have to get used to this camera, I know I'm going to love it.  I have a project that I'm going to be working on in August and I'll be using the same Adox film and the Hasselblad to complete it.  If the results are as promising as I know they can be, I can't wait to share it with all of you.  In the mean time, check out a few images from my second roll.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In the media!!

I haven't posted a great deal lately because I've been tied up with a few other things, namely my solo show that I announced about a month ago.  So, I hope that's rectified in the coming months.  Anyway, I've ran two rolls through my Hasselblad 500 c/m and I will be posting my thoughts on the camera, a few images and my upcoming projects with it by the end of this week.  Until then, I was featured in a few things this past week and I wanted to pass those on to you. 

First off, I attended the FPP Midwest Meet-up and Mat Marrash Gallery Show on July 15.  As I mentioned in my review, it was a great time.  During the meet-ups, Michael Raso typically interviews the individuals and I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with him a bit.  The new Film Photography Podcast is live and it features a recap of that event.  During that recap, my interview with Michael Raso is featured.  My interview comes in around the 1:02:44 mark.  Check out the Film Photography Project and download the newest podcast to hear my interview here.

My solo exhibit is now hanging in the gallery space at the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney, Ohio.  It will be up the entire month of August and I'm having an opening reception on Thursday, August 4 from 6-8 p.m.  So, stop by, check out my work, grab some refreshments and chat it up with me.  Before then, check out the article that was featured in the Sidney Daily News yesterday here.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my Hasselblad images and post later this week!