Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica – December 2016
In June 2016 I visited Hamburg to work with local model agencies. I took my digital Leica M240 camera but also my beloved 6×6 medium format Hasselblad film camera (501C)(together with a bag of 120 black and white film!) The standards of models was in general very high and as such I shot a lot of film. It took me quite a while to develop, scan and process it all and there are still plenty I have not worked on. Here are some of my favourites so far
Hasselblad Film Camera Images
Chantal @ Core Management
Tomas @ Core Management
Carmen @ Core Management
Phila @ M4 Models
Chris @ Core Management
Aaron @ Core Management
Cailtin @ Core Management
Janna @ Core Management
Sofia @ Core Management
As I may have commented before, the Hasselblad 501C is one of my only cameras where the quality of the images makes me want to print the photos. I periodically print my work in photobooks and for my last two books the majority of the photos were taken with the Hasselblad. (Poland models June 2015 and NYC models December 2015 trips).
My Hamburg model photos taken with the Hasselblad 501C will certainly feature in my next photobook. Great camera!
*(I will add more photos to this post as I process the film so you might want to check back in a month or so if interested).
I wrote this while waiting for my flight home after an amazing few days of model photography in Germany last weekend. I collaborated with local model agencies here in Hamburg and photographed 11 models in 2.5 days, back to back. Good times!
A big thanks to M4 Models and Core Artist Management for giving me the opportunity. It was my first visit to Hamburg so I organized all the models remotely in the build up to the trip. Overall we were lucky with the weather with only a few spots of rain in total. Almost all photos were shot outside on the streets of Hamburg working in the area close to the hotel. The standard of models was generally very high and although I selected the models I photographed almost every one surpassed my expectations. I’m very excited to see the results.
I kept camera gear very simple and I only had 8kg hand luggage to work with anyway. My digital setup was the Leica M240 camera and Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar pancake lens. For analogue photos I managed to fit in my Hasselblad 501C 6×6 medium format film camera plus the Zeiss Distagon 60mm f3.5 lens. I shot all black and white film and the majority was Fomapan 100 film shot at ISO 400.
Models included Phila and Antonia from M4 in Hamburg and Anita over on contract from Number One Models in Budapest. I then had Janna, Carmen, Cailtin, Sofia, Chantel from Core and also for a change male models Tomas, Aaron and Chris also from Core. I expected to be working with all German models but I got to meet Dutch, Hungarian, Australian, American all signed to the Hamburg model agencies.
Some of the female models were of really high standard and a joy to work with but it was the male models that surprised me the most. All three of the guys produced really strong images and I loved how I can light men differently to women opening a whole new world of lighting oppotunities. I try to give girls flawless skin with light but for guys any ‘imperfections’ just added character. I hope the resulting photos look as good as I remember!
I shot 11 rolls of film and plenty of digital too so can’t wait to see the resulting images. I was happy with all the equipment I’d taken to use and would not hesitate to pack the same setup again.
If the agencies like my work I’m already hoping to work with some of the models again soon! 🙂