A Personal Challenge.

This is what having a digital camera does to me.

Awhile back, I challenged myself to shoot a roll of black and white film in a day. I failed. It took the better part of two weeks. To be fair, the day I picked was a school day and I had a lot of other responsibilities, but it kinda hurt to realize what I used to be able to do in 15 minutes I couldn’t get done in 8 hours. I used the Hasselblad, which creates 12 6cm by 6cm images on a single roll.

You’re doing the math right. I took the better part of two weeks to shoot 12 pictures with a camera I used to use all the time. It made me feel like I was losing my touch. There’s something about using medium format film that makes the photographic process slow down: Click the meter, check the light, think about where the image wants to be, recheck the light, focus the camera, set the aperture and shutter speed, frame it up, push the button, advance the film… It gets to be a mantra, but it’s a slow, measured way to make images. Moreover, there’s the singular joy of waiting for the film to come back. I knew a guy who described it as “Christmas morning, every time.”

Anyway, that small trip down memory lane is only to set the stage for this image and the few others coming down the pike.



2 Responses to “A Personal Challenge.”

  1. June 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I feel the same way about my Holga. I HATED not being able to see how it comes out, and since I’d never used it, I had no idea what kinds of shots it would give me. Because the film and the processing are so expensive, I basically spent $30 to find that not a single photo came out.

  2. 2 scott
    June 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    It’s not quite like that, H. Most of the time I’m 99% sure I know what I’ll see when the film comes back. You’re right though. The Holga presents some difficulties that can be hard (and expensive) to overlook. In my experience (I think I’ve had like 5), one has to shoot a roll to test the body for leaks and figure out where the lens performs best. There are even communities like http://www.toycamera.com rife with people who experiment on Holgas. You’re not alone in your struggle. There are lots of options! šŸ™‚

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