I’ve been shooting more personal work on film lately. Not a lot, because I’m still getting used to my film cameras, but some. I broke out the Leica M5 in January and just finished my first roll recently. I’ve definitely been forcing myself to take my time and not waste shots, something I do far too much with all the disposable memory of my digital camera. In February, I started shooting with my Hassleblad 500 c/m, and I am smitten. I love the square or medium format. I love the snap of the shutter and the hest and wind of the film spool. It’s a magnificent beast.
The first time I took a photograph with my Leica was the first time I had used a film camera in fifteen years. I made a few mistakes and ended up with one blank frame, a few with subjects too close to properly focus (before I had the hang of it), and a couple crazy double exposures that I’m not sure HOW I created on the Hassleblad. It certainly wasn’t on purpose! But I didn’t break anything or destroy either roll of film. The majority of my frames were in focus. And all of them were properly exposed!
This is a massive accomplishment for me. I’ve had these cameras and a few other great film cameras in my possession since the summer of 2009. It’s been on my list of personal projects to re-learn to shoot film for some time. I’ve wanted to slow down, to find the light, to see, to compose, to capture. And I’m doing it! Now, both cameras have a roll of color film in them, and I’ll keep going with the project… well, forever. The next camera I’m loading up is my Zeiss Super-Ikonta ii, another medium-format camera, this one with a lil bellows. Enjoy the photos!