40 Years within the Household: My Grandfather’s Hasselblad


Everyone loves a digital camera with historical past. For me, there may be one particular digital camera with plenty of historical past and nostalgic worth: It’s a Hasselblad 500C/M that has been in my household for about forty years. It was my grandfather’s digital camera.

Cornelis de Kemp (1918-1994), whom I’m named after, handed away after I was a younger youngster. The Hasselblad was inherited by my uncle, who used it on plenty of his travels.

For the previous few years, the Hasselblad was in possession of my father, a photographer as properly, however he doesn’t shoot that a lot movie anymore.

The 500C/M, launched in 1970, was fitted with an interchangeable focusing display, together with a prism viewfinder with a built-in publicity meter.

After a number of refined — and some not-so-subtle — hints to my father, I lastly received to shoot with it, urgent the identical shutter button as my grandfather, uncle, and pop. The pictures bloodline runs deep on this household.

My first lesson on utilizing the Hasselblad was a harsh one: I believed each of the movie backs have been sq. however it seems, one of many two backs is panorama oriented. So the picture’s from the primary roll of Tri-X movie received some fairly unlucky crops.

This was my very first shot with the Tri-X movie on the Hasselblad 500c/m.
Oops, dangerous crops.
A photograph taken in Rotterdam on Tri-X.

The second roll of movie, this time with the sq. again, was Portra 400. These images turned out significantly better.

The analog really feel of the digital camera, the best way it sounds and operates, the images that it takes, and the truth that it has been in my household for such a very long time, make capturing this Hasselblad an exquisite expertise — and it’s a digital camera with what I feel is a reasonably cool story.

In regards to the creator: Niels Kemp is a Dutch avenue photographer and YouTuber. On his channel Niels Kemp Inventive, he makes movies about exploring pictures. As a Ricoh GR ambassador, he makes content material about avenue pictures with the Ricoh GR and he teaches workshops. Niels additionally works as a police officer in Rotterdam.


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