I recently acquired a piece of photographic history - Hasselblad 500c. The medium format beauty defined the segment for decades, and the machine is still going strong. Put on some film in the back, head out ...and let the magic happen. I arrived in Kenosha on an early morning, hoping for a sunrise. None visited. Turning to the shapes and feel of the Simmonds Island Lighthouse and surrounding beach, I snapped a few shots. Then, traveling along the long lake, I encountered a dead fish ...and thought it an interesting subject. A few snapshots later, I headed to breakfast. After a meal, I took a walk through a couple of Kenosha neighborhoods, and found some interesting architectural detail and a cat in a pet shop window. She is looking for a new home, I think. I hope you enjoy. Photographs were taken (mostly) on Hasselblad 500c with 80mm Zeiss Planar, Fuji Acros 100 (lighthouse and beach) and Kodak Tmax 400 (city). Development was done with D76 1:1 solution and scanned via Epson V550.
I wanted to try and create some moody and emotional images on this drab and cold Sunday in late December. I headed out for a drive in my northern Illinois neighborhood, and after a couple of false starts I ended up at a nearby park. I have been here many times before, but I have only once before visited the old historic house and barn, and I thought that this would be a great place for a short photoshoot. The 5 images I selected to show here seem work together for me. The first two play around with the idea of looking into a room through a window, but they almost seem opposite as camera is close to the pane in one shot, and far in another. In similar fashion, the nearby barn had in it an old farm implement, and I tried to create a similar opposing image there as well - one looking into the object from near, and one from the far, with the light source presented straight in front of the lens. This seemed to have provided a dramatic effect. The last image is a multi-exposure, to perhaps spice up the often ordinary photo of an old farmhouse. I hope you like it, and if you do, please leave a comment. Photos were taken with Bronica SQ-A, 80mm lens, Tmax 400 film, and photographs were developed in Ilford DD-X, post processed in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.