Medium dreams // A month in the life

Happy October everyone.... best month of the year, if I do say so myself.

I moved in exactly a month ago, and I've been shooting medium format black and white film for class. There's 35mm (most common), medium format (6x6, 6x7, 6x9, etc) and large format (4x5 and up), you know, those huge cameras with the bellows and a curtain the photographer stands underneath.

I've fallen very much in love with medium format... I purchased a Rolleiflex and a Pentax, 6x6 and 6x7 cameras, respectively. They're amazing. I develop my film by hand, sing in the darkroom when I think nobody else is there, scan the negatives for my impatient Instagram side, and make prints also by hand, pretending that it's photo-magic and not chemicals that make the image appear.

I want to share some snippets of my schoolwork -- it's been frustrating.... frames overexposed... underexposed - note, these cameras don't have light meters. I have to meter, then do the settings, then shoot. Wind. Empty. Load again. It's tedious and it drives me bonkers, but when a good shot comes along... it's all worth it.

Here's to dreaming in medium format.


Lena Mirisola

Boston, MA 01886, USA

Photographer. Bubble tea addict. Girlboss.