The beginning of a new chapter: 120 Film

Mamiya. Medium format. Great body, and feel in the hands.

Ever since I could remember film photography has had this special place in my heart. There is something great about not having to worry about the shot and just living in the moment. This is something that has been personified with the recent acquisition of my medium format camera.

I recently bought a Mamiya 645 off of eBay and from the minute I saw it, I knew it was going to be great. Upon arrival, I quickly read through all the manuals and familiarized myself with the basics of the camera: how to load the film, how to release the shutter, how to assemble the camera, and of course maintenance.

At first I got really nervous. There is no auto metering. There is no way in camera to know what the right settings are. How will I know if I am exposing properly? I decided that the first roll (or few) would always be for practice, so after a first few snaps everything started to fade. I started to rely on what I know and my skills. I stopped caring about numbers and focused more on composition and what my narrative would be.

Keep an eye on the personal section of the website for the next few series I will be creating with my Mamiya.