I’m beginning the last semester of undergrad and have decided to focus on my rural Iowa project for these next few months of school before graduation.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to open myself up to new techniques, cameras, and film stocks because I want to use whatever tools suit my project best (even if they don’t happen to be film).
During my first semester working on the project, I stuck to the Hasselblad exclusively because I didn’t want to mix square format images with other ratios. After spending a few days looking through artists’ photobooks, though, I found that many were able to mix ratios to great success.
I ended up trying a Canon 5D Mark III, which I mostly enjoyed, and a Mamiya 645 digital camera (blog comparing this to my Mamiya 645 1000s film camera to come) to put any biases I had against digital to the test. I definitely like using the Mark III, especially for portraits and indoor work, but when I’m shooting digital, I work too quickly. I think it’s because I have so many opportunities to just click, click, click, click that I don’t take time to compose. I’ll definitely have to try the Mark III again in the future though and keep pace in mind next time.
Gear aside, scroll down to see my most recent results.