Ever since I was a boy I dreamed of owning a Hasselblad 500 series. I loved everything about the camera, even the square format. When I turned professional I couldn't afford one and it didn't suit the type of work I was doing. So I left it alone.
In August 2009 I played around with something called TTV photography, where you shoot through the viewfinder of an old vintage camera to give some cool results. I even wrote a blog about it here http://bit.ly/1ozv6bN At the time I also played around with creating a video through the viewfinder but just couldn't make it work due to light issues and reflection into the top.
Then a few weeks ago I spotted an excellent film on vimeo called 'Paris Through Pentax' vimeo.com/104088954 by maisoncarnot.com/ It immediately went viral and became a Vimeo Staff Pick as well. They wrote a blog about the film and it showed how they cut out the reflections into the viewfinder by using a black card. This gave me the idea for this film.
I've taken this one step further in that I've actually put a film into the Hasselblad and the shots you see here are digital scans of the negative film I used. So a perfect marriage of digital and traditional film. For those that want to know I used Kodak Portra 400 120 film.
This video was only a quick test for my set up. Please don't judge the quality of the photos (some of which are out of focus!) as I spent an hour or so quickly walking around my local town snapping away. I can do better than this!
I've now done more of these videos and you can see them all here INTO THE HASSELBLAD FILMS
Hope you enjoy it.
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