Hasselblad 500cm

Film... this is something new to me, but was always something I had a lot of interest in and had a lot of appreciation for. Film gives you something you can't recreate in digital, to me it feels raw and really captures the feeling.

I began picking up cheap film cameras from junk shops and picking up bargains in local adverts. I had a small collection of cameras but I'm ashamed to say they sat on my shelf unused. It's not that I didn't want to use them, I suppose I was just scared of the unknown. Not being able to see my results right away worried me, loading film correctly worried me, but most of all failing worried me. Collecting cameras became a hobby, I began looking at cameras I couldn't afford but one camera put a huge smile on my face the moment I seen it... the Hasselblad 500cm. 

Hasselblad 500cm

Hasselblad 500cm

I began studying this camera, I knew I had to have one. So my wishes became reality, I bought my Hasselblad 500cm. I took it to my local camera shop, the camera was looked over and I bought my first roll of film which was Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. I took it home, loaded it and headed into the City Centre. 

Hasselblad 500cm - Kodak Tri-X 400 B+W.

Hasselblad 500cm - Kodak Tri-X 400 B+W.

I headed straight down to the Clydeside and as I stopped to look for a composition this little fella landed on the handrail only a few feet away from me. Having never shot a photograph on film nevermind my Hasselblad, I quickly composed the shot and pressed the shutter and here I exposed film for the very first time. This photo started a whole new part of my photography journey. It was at this moment I had that feeling of suspense, not knowing if the photograph was exposed properly, but it was a feeling I absolutely loved. 

As well as street photography, the main reason I wanted to use the Hasselblad was for portraits. So I did some research on the best types of film for portraits and opted for Kodak Portra 160. This film is absolutely beautiful, it's super clean and just looks fantastic. 

Hasselblad 500cm - Kodak Portra 160

Hasselblad 500cm - Kodak Portra 160

Hasselblad 500cm - Kodak Portra 160

Hasselblad 500cm - Kodak Portra 160

I am in the middle of organizing more photoshoots with my Hasselblad, stay tuned for more!