Week 7, was about marketing and distributing my work in some way, well as previously mentioned in my previous blogs from week 5- 6 I managed to sell 44 images in a commercial/corporate company in Hong Kong to raise my profile locally.
Also one of the ways which I touched upon in a blog in the previous module was to use my images as a way of marketing hair grooming products such as barbershop gowns and other barbershop tools such as clippers, I did try to reach out to a Hair clipper manufacturer to see if they would be interested in talking to me about this idea. The more I researched into this I realised that most of the capes or barber gowns usually are either traditional black or black & white or have graphical images, such as the ones shown below in one of my older pictures from module 2 of my MA course.
This week I was also feeling a little under the weather, so I was in need of some inspiration. Having spent some considerable time working with my Yashica D and Rolleiflex automate medium format cameras and my trusty FUJI XT2 digital camera, I thought it was time to take a look at some more second-hand classic cameras that would perhaps direct me in a different direction.
I was first directed by Douglas Kirkland a fine Arts photographer whos famous for assignments of work with many Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marylin Monroe (Kirkland, 2017) to name a few.
I was watching a Lynda.com video titled, Photography: shooting with medium format cameras, presented by Douglas Kirkland. (Kirkland, 2017)
He described the ways he worked with his Mamiya RZ67 medium-format camera and the way he works with his medium format film. This particular camera was a 6×7 format which is larger than my 6×6 medium format cameras that I have been using. As I was watching him work I could see that the camera that he loved and used was to some degree informing him or if you like directing his style of working with his studio guests and in particular portrait work.
The camera not only slowed the process down, but the camera itself still had that take your time feel to it but was also allowing him to load film fairly quickly. He also used instant camera digital back, which allowed him to print and instant picture to test the lighting and generally the whole scene before he took the main pictures. These instant pictures were also a way to show his guest what he was trying to do, so this added some conversation to the process and just made it more interesting to the model.
I was initially interested in the 6×7 larger size, so I was looking at the Pentax 67, built like a tank and around 4 lbs in weight, I found one beaten up, but I decided to give it a miss as I thought it may be at the end of its life, so in the end after a lot of searching and walking around many of Hong Kongs second-hand shops.
I found a Hasselblad 500c/m with a Carl Zeiss 2.8 lens and an A12 film back in good working order pending some testing, I purchased it for HK$8800 Dollars, which is a fair price. I tested the viewfinder and shutter release mechanism build into the lens.
The viewfinder was faulty so the dealer changed it and my camera was good to go. I also purchased from another second-hand shop another A12 film back and a lens hood and a strap, So my next task was to test it out in the field.
Kirkland, D. (2017). Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Shooting with a Medium-Format Camera. [online] Lynda.com – from LinkedIn. Available at: https://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Douglas-Kirkland-on-Photography-Shooting-with-a-Medium-Format-Camera/80501-2.html [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].
Kirkland, D. (2016). Douglas Kirkland Photography. [online] Douglaskirklandphotography.com. Available at: http://www.douglaskirklandphotography.com/?detectflash=false#/Biography/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].