Fifteen years ago, professional photographers used film Hasselblads. They were very expensive. They are not exactly affordable now, as they’ve been creeping up in price over the last five years, but I’ve been looking for a medium format film solution I can love and haven’t found it yet. So, it was time to try a Hassey. Oh boy. It was love at first sight, and I’m inspired by the possibilities after developing my first roll.
The Hasselblad 503cw, their last film version, uses a 6×6 square format, which not everyone likes, but I think there’s something hip about it. Not great for most landscapes or for portraits with lots of negative space, but it’s very geometrical, mathematical, and gives images a bold, direct feel.
Here are some of the photos from my first roll — a test roll of mostly mundane things to make sure all is working. I used a roll of Ilford HP5 film for the first time as the seller loaded it while he was going over the operation. I like its less contrasty look, but I’ll definitely be trying Tri X too.