I’ve been scanning rolls of film all week…some good, some not. A few weeks before I left for England I had purchased a 1976 Hasselblad 500 C/M from Blue Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon. I have been wanting one for some time, but my budget had been for a trip and not a new camera. Holding it in my hands and looking through the waist-height viewer, well, I couldn’t resist. Instead of buying stuff on my trip that I didn’t need or have room for, I decided to add another film camera to my collection and to the weight in my overloaded backpack.
I ended up carrying about 20 pounds of gear on my trip. Plus I had all the rain protection to go over all the cameras. Luckily, in seven weeks I only had to protect my camera from rain on one day in Wales. I’m not sure I can recommend carrying so much gear because after a few weeks you tend to walk with your back at a slight angle to the ground. After 4 weeks, when my husband went home, I sent him with my pinhole and my Holga. I regretted that move later in my trip and purchased a new Holga with flash at the Lomography store in London…..but that’s another story.
I just finished scanning photos taken with my Hasselblad along the floating canal in Bristol. The canal because of a series of locks along its length keeps a constant water level. Bristol used to be a very important port and during WWII was damaged badly. Now this area of the canals is mostly a tourist attraction where you can visit great museums, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, or just sit along the docks and do a little people watching.