I shoot digital but I am trying to refine what motivates me and sharpen my skills and craft and return to the fresh state of seeing when I first took up Photography in 1975 with a Konica Minolta Rangefinder 35mm film camera. My first foray into film and photography, a journey that would forever change the course of my life.
That first camera and subsequent cameras of many types have set me free. But it was such a freeing moment that first time when I developed my first roll of b/w film in a darkroom, too feel film in my hand, to hold a developing tank, to smell the chemicals that the potent sorcerers created to entice me into this magical universe. It was truly mesmerizing to see a negative and to hold it in hand, to see a chrome for the first time, the cardboard corners, the KODACHROME lettering and mind-blowing colors. I was hooked bad!
Fast forward 40 years, and I am returning to the original well of hope and inspiration. The Hasselblad 500C is a Swedish gem. Its a 6x6 cm or to be exact 54mmx54mm format film camera with the best Zeiss lenses ever made. Its a masterpiece of mechanical wonder that truly creates Stunning images.
And it slows you down to SEE and look more purposefully. Too appreciate the scene and craft, to make an image.