A Story of Two Digital Backs

A Story of Two Digital Backs

People have been asking me how photographing with my Hasselblad 500C/M & Phase One P30 digital medium format back has been going.

The answer to that is a bit complicated: It turned into a Mamiya 645DF with DM33 digital back.

Wait, wut?

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I LOVE the gang at Red River Theatres.  Seven years ago (!!!) they let this bearded fat dude show a mini-film with muppets to propose to his wife. And it went a little crazy afterwards, and every step of the way everyone up there has been close to my heart. I can never thank them enough for everything they did.

This year marks their 10th Birthday! I couldn't make it up to their birthday festivities, but Muppet Sid wanted to let them know that there isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't think about them.

Happy Birthday, RRT.  We love you all. I hope you are around for a long, long, long time, exposing people to quality independent cinema.



While digging through some scanned negative files, I came across this one, which I had forgotten about.

This image was made in the old, empty studio that used to be WarmStone Studio in the Picker Building, which was the studio directly next door to my old photography studio.  I spent a few hours one afternoon seeing if the chairs would stack.

Shot on medium format film with my Hasselblad 500CM

The PhaseOne P30 Medium Format Digital Back. Or: New Gear - Moving Backwards Instead Of Forwards, And How Good It Makes Me Feel.

The PhaseOne P30 Medium Format Digital Back.  Or: New Gear - Moving Backwards Instead Of Forwards, And How Good It Makes Me Feel.

What you are looking at is my Hasselblad 500C/M.  I’ve shared my awesome story about how I came to own this camera in the past, but if you look on the back of the camera, usually where there is a 120 film holder, it might look a little different.

That is because instead of a film holder, it now has a PhaseOne medium format digital back.  It’s an old back, and it’s clunky, and I’ve been told it’s “horribly out of date” by photographers, but I am so happy with it.  I’m happy that I can now shoot digitally with my Hasselblad.

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Flashback: Sara, Blimps & Pinhole Photography

While going through some really old cd's of images, I came across some shots of Sara photographing a blimp outside of a blimp factory in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  I think this must have been around 2005-ish.  We were visiting my parents, who lived down there for a few years.

Here is her image of the blimp that she was taking at this exact moment:


This albumen print taken with a pinhole camera, hangs at her parents house.  I love watching Sara photograph.

That blimp factory was dismantled years later.  It used to be right down the road from where my folks lived.  It was really impressive.  I'm sad that it's gone.

Sara’s website: