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Portraits - The Hasselblad Sessions

Back in December I spent a Sunday afternoon shooting portraits of some friends on my newly-acquired Hasselblad. I promised mince pies and mulled wine in exchange for some free time and the use of their luscious faces! I promptly reneged on this promise by completing forgetting about the MASSIVE stack of mince pies in the cupboard. Thankfully no one considered this a major slight and no warm grape juice was spilled. In all seriousness it was a really valuable experience. It gave me the chance to shoot a bunch of film, in similar conditions on a variety of stock. It helped me get familiar with the 500c/m’s working process, to improve my Hassy technique, to expose lots of rolls that I could then practice developing and to essentially ask, and then answer, a lot of questions about the process of using the camera to create portraits. As the day progressed I got a LOT quicker at changing film. At first it was a slow process, but practice makes perfect(ish) and things definitely sped up as we moved along.

I developed the majority of the b&w myself, in T-Max developer (1+9), while the colour was handled by the good folks over at 2020 Photographic in Farnborough. Everything, both b&w and colour was also scanned by Mark at 2020. These are a selection of my favourite. Thanks so much to everyone who came along and lent me their visages! I might look into doing something similar next year, perhaps in a rented studio somewhere. If you like these, badger me about it nearer Christmas 2012!


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