Red Hook, Brooklyn with the Hasselblad 501cm Medium Format Camera

The Hasselblad definitely makes you work differently for a few reasons. First, it's bulky and kind of heavy. You don't just toss the strap over your shoulder and go; it requires its own bag. Second, it doesn't have a light meter. You have to carry a separate light meter or meter using Sunny 16 Rule. Third, you only have 12 shots per roll. There is no mindless snapping. It's a more thoughtful process, totally slows you down. You find your shot, meter the light, adjust the aperture and shutter speed, flip up the close focusing screen in the waist level viewfinder and then adjust your focus. After that, you're ready to recompose and press the shutter. As I was in industrial Red Hook on a very blustery and bleak day, I began by feeling contemplative. These first two shots are of things that I normally wouldn't take pictures of, but I knew the larger, square format film would give a shot like this that extra special something. The Hasselblad, really medium format in general, has a unique signature. I used Ilford Delta Pro 400 film for these shots and developed them in our kitchen sink using Kodak D-76 for 9.5 minutes.

Then I stumbled across a block of graffiti and shot the rest of the roll. A fence covered with graffiti might not be the best subject to show the depth of the negatives, but I couldn't resist.

Television Graffiti, Red Hook

Anchor Graffiti, Red Hook

Beast Graffiti, Red Hook

Wolves Graffiti, Red Hook

I also shot a roll of color, but since I can't develop at home, that will have to wait.