Medium Format-Changed Everything.
Confessions of a recovering photographer...
How about others who have been down the same road over the years to finally open your world to Dante's influence? Can we ever go back, really go back?
I have been struggling with going back to shooting my favorite 35 mm camera with my favorite films. I still enjoy shooting the first "real" camera I ever owned (Nikon FE) and I enjoy the processing and the whole workflow. But I struggle with the end use of anything other than Medium Format.
The 503, inexpensive, well-worn, produces those huge negatives and processing the final images is a delight. I am working on 12"x12" images now with a book format and some framed wall images in mind The studio's digital equipment is another world entirely and stunning, with similar, although different, images from 9"x12" to 36"x48"...
Where am I going with 35mm film? What end use, what project? After all these years, my world has changed, even as I walk out the door... do I really need to carry a camera at all? Camera therapy for me now is a "planned-for" special event with a colleague for specific images for specific purposes, not a faux HCB fantasy, nor a project-specific walkabout.
Can I regain my love for 35mm images? Maybe. But Dante had made it so very difficult.
How has MF changed your photographic world?
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