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{Forgotten Frames} Double Exposed, Years Apart

I have an odd one to share with you today.

Back in 2012, I borrowed Gabe’s Hasselblad for awhile. He told me that the film loaded in it was one with an ISO of 160, so that’s how I shot it.  Stands to reason, right? When I finished the roll, I found that it was actually a roll of Agfa Ultra 50. That meant the film would be underexposed by nearly two stops. I thought I shouldn’t bother getting the film developed, so I just put the film away in a drawer. Then, two years later (2014) I had this idea that maybe if I exposed the film in the Yashica-Mat I’d just gotten, I could fix the underexposure problem by double exposing it. I put it in the Yashica, shot the roll again, and put the film away yet again because I didn’t think it’d be worth developing. Now, in 2015, I finally just threw the roll of Agfa Ultra into a batch of film that I was sending the photo lab anyway. The results are interesting, on a couple of levels. 1. With the exception of one photo, I didn’t remember anything I’d shot when the film was in the Hasselblad. 2. The photos, for the most part, didn’t line up as proper double exposures. Some of them don’t seem to be double exposed at all??? 3. I have NO recollection of what I photographed when I transferred the film into the Yashica-Mat. That makes it hard to discern which layer of the double exposure was taken with which camera. I can make some educated guesses, but that’s about it.

I believe that the more “prominent” images on each double-exposed frame was taken with the Hasselblad. I didn’t seem to do a very good job getting enough light onto the film when it was in the Yashica-Mat. From what I can tell, I think I shot things in the Yashica-Mat that I thought might add a textural layer to the original exposures. But, from the looks of it, I might have given the film almost enough exposure when it was in the Hassy that I might not have even needed to undertake this silly pursuit!

Oy vey!

Blue Dress Session

Today’s offering: The traditional film photos that were taken along side the instant photos I did of Mallory few weeks ago. 

Square images taken with Hasselblad 500 C/M, Rectangular images taken with Pentaz ZX-7

Little Bit O’Hassy Lurve

This one will be short and sweet. These were the first Hasselblad photos I’d taken in 3 years, and I admit that there was a bit of a re-learning curve to shooting with it. Why’s that? The image you see in a waist-level viewfinder is reversed left-to-right, people! It can be tricky and take some getting used to…

But I digress.

I just love the feel of “homey” pictures taken on medium format film, so shooting in Kat’s home during a recent Muddy’s menu photo session was the perfect opportunity to break out the Hassy. The draping fabric of our photo backdrop and the charming details of the decor in Kat’s house were perfectly suited for what I had in mind for this set of photos!

Hasselblad 500 C/M • Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm/2.8 T* • Fuji Pro 400H

More Hassy photos to come…I’m ’bout to kick it into high gear with this thing!

My Affair with the Hassy

Dear Hasselblad 500 C/M,

I love you.

I hope you don’t mind this outpouring of affection from me, in such a public forum. But I just can’t contain my feelings for you any longer.

The day Dirk placed you in my hands, I was filled with such awe and wonder at your beauty. You’re a beast – and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

Though I knew I loved you at first sight, I wasn’t sure if things would work out between us. I felt that I was trying too hard – as new love often makes people do.  Gabe, who was very new to photography then, was seeming to have more success at wooing you than I was. Then, one day, I had you in my hands at the Volkswagen repair shop near my home, and you and I suddenly understood each other. I found my groove with you, and, I believe, you with me.  I grew to love the feeling of turning your film winding crank, to adore the THWACK of your shutter release. I felt one with you.

I took you nearly everywhere I went – when Gabe wasn’t having his alone time with you, that is (I had to overcome issues with jealously during these times.) Gabe I and made trips to places like downtown Memphis and Bolivar, Tennessee JUST to spend time with you. You were integrated into my everyday life, seeing what I saw and capturing the images of (and hearts of) those people nearest and dearest to me.

Then came the day when I walked back into Memphis Photo Supply – the site of our first meeting – and was informed that you had to go back to  the one with whom you belonged. Oh, the pain of separation. Shakespeare put it best when he said “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” But I suppose our relationship had run its course.

I don’t know if we’ll ever cross paths again, or if I’ll just find someone new who reminds me of you.

I’ll remember you, always, Hassy.


Memories Hassy and I shared together…

(you may click on these thumbnails to view larger versions of the photos)

(to view the photos Gabe made with the Hasselblad 500 C/M, you may click here)