Provence on Hasselblad

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Projects | 9 Comments
Provence on Hasselblad

To celebrate our first anniversary in May, my wife Rebecca and I went to Provence, France for two weeks. Waiting for this trip felt like years and we were both really excited to go as we haven’t had a longer break since we were in Tuscany, Italy on our honeymoon last year.

When we go on vacation, we usually travel without agenda. We don’t plan, very often not even where we stay on our road trip. At our destination we try to blend in as much as we can and just enjoy the different culture, the beautiful weather and each other’s company. We like to walk or drive around and just soak in the different scenery.

We had the idea to publish a travel book a while back and decided that we would start a little blog with our trip to Provence where we would upload pictures and a little summary for each day. We had so much fun with that and now, a month later, it’s already a beautiful way to go back and relive each day.

I had brought my Fuji X-Pro1, Leica MP and Hasselblad for this trip. I also shot quite a bit with Rebecca’s Contax 645 which was a lot of fun, especially for portraits. The camera I ended up using most was the little Fuji. I had it with me everywhere and every day to capture moments for our travel blog. I loved it.

The Hasselblad is my favorite camera of all times and this trip confirmed that once more. I love the 80mm Planar and it’s the camera that resonates with me most. The Leica is exactly in the middle between these two. It’s film, very portable and the Zeiss Sonnar draws so beautifully that there really is no substitute for me in a 35mm camera.

We sent all our film from this trip to Richard Photo Lab for processing and scanning. They are extremely professional, very consistent and a pleasure to deal with. Most and for all, the results RPL delivered are amazing.

A selection of prints from this series is available for purchase at Aspen Gallery. All the shots below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400:























  1. Sarah
    28. June 2013

    Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous!
    I happen to be renting a Hasselblad 503CX for the weekend (and going to a renaissance festival)… seems like a fun combination. I am so glad I came across your blog. You take such wonderful images – very inspiring!

  2. Claudette
    28. June 2013

    So beautiful! What a wonderful and inspiring way to celebrate your anniversary.

  3. Zach Davis
    29. June 2013

    I love your colors, very gentle and soft. The lack of people in the shots make them feel very still and calm to me. Relaxing and beautiful!

  4. Tom W
    29. June 2013

    Lovely to get a flavor of a place I have never had the good fortune to visit.

    Please keep sharing!

  5. Johnny
    29. June 2013

    Thanks very much for your feedback! :)

    Sarah, I’m happy you like the shots. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun with the Hasselblad. It’s a beautiful camera to work with.

    Zach, you’re the first person to take notice of that. You are exactly right, I very often try to shoot around people in my photographs to create a quiet mood. Glad you like the pictures!

  6. Mike
    2. July 2013

    Beautiful colours and mood, Johnny. You’ve reminded me I have some Portra in a drawer, and it’s too long since I’ve shot some film.

  7. Rebecca Lily
    5. July 2013

    Portra 400 on Hasselblad suits you so well. Really beautiful work. That first image is really the catch of a lifetime!

    I can’t wait to go back with you. :)

  8. Johnny
    6. July 2013

    Thank you so much, Rebecca. I can’t wait to go back either. :)

  9. Ibrahima Diallo
    28. August 2013

    Very inspiring and natural!

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