In my last post, I shocked the world* by breaking with a nearly 7 year tradition and using something other than a standard 35mm film camera.
Now I’m continuing that tradition of radicalism by posting a shot, also made with a Hasselblad, but a medium-format model and a square-format 6×6.
What’s stayed the same is what I train a lens upon — small moments of everyday life in a very specific area of this community.
For those who don’t deal well with change (I think I’m safe to say a majority, in this city) I’m happy to report I’ve put a roll into my regular Leica M6 and with the advent of nice weather once again am looking forward to going for walks once again and using photography to deal with life in this place.
* a SLIGHT exaggeration….
For almost the life of this blog, I’ve kept things very simple – one camera/one lens. And it’s been pretty much the same camera and lens the whole time: Leica M6, 35/2 lens.
This image was from a roll I took out to test a newly-repaired camera, the wonderful Hasselblad XPan. Still shooting B&W film, still shooting it on a rangefinder and still shooting street (gotta keep that cliché alive) but I have to say it’s an awful lot of fun using this panoramic camera…you may see a few more like this on this blog in future days.
I swear the phone call theme running through the past few posts have been completely unintentional; they were chosen from random contact sheets over the past few years. Over the slow, deadened winter months when there’s not much life to shoot on the streets, I’ve been going over negatives from the past, when I can look at them with fresh objective eyes. Despite me thinking I keep a close eye on my images, there’s a lot that I missed over the past 7 or so years of making these pictures.