Hasselblad 500 C/M


In the digital age, that does not demonize absolutely, indeed use and appreciate it for its obvious strengths, there is a way that combines photography meditation keeping alive the artistic process. When as a girl I worked in the prestigious photography studio Arctic, I came into contact with a fascinating camera, Hasselblad, sometimes I loaded the film, with trembling hands, for fear that a shot was lost or afraid to do simply nonsense that invalidated the work of the head.Of that time I keep the memory of the machine, the Hasselblad precisely, the dark room, another place of alchemy, the exposure room for portraits, and the phases of the work, based on professionalism, technical expertise and tradition. Shooting and had words with a negative weight. Years later, after training in the arts, bulging with tons of earth to be mixed for ceramics, and buried alive in canvases that are measured in square meters, those of my paintings, I picked up the photograph and the camera. A digital mounting old optic, and eventually a Hasselblad 500 C / M, mine now. With the first film that I loaded my hands were shaking, as twenty years ago, and a sea of ​​memories, lapped by technical words, he overwhelmed me. Look through the viewfinder, compose a photograph medium format, focus … was entering another world, of history and of things built to last, my Hasselblad, like all those in the series, does not the meter, even the batteries, it is all mechanical, that surprise and relief. Thus began a journey that seems like a meditation. Each shot of 12 poses available is studied, thought. Then by the printer race to make the development and contact sheets that will be ready after a week. Printing in black and white decided with him, is an ‘other important phase of the work and almost a world apart, made of words and their affinity, a place for initiates. There is talk of a velvet blacks, soft white, pearl cards, composition …. the depth of field then is a soul matter as everything related shooting. I, when I go to pick the job is “the one who does the Fine art”, typically divide clearly. The sculpture is volume, surface painting and photography a painting made with light. The incredible thing about this machine is the ability to be made to measure, adapted to the time and at the moment, you can connect the flash, you can mount a digital back and becomes a digital camera, it’s always you, the same, then new film, color or black and white. There are no limits only opportunities for a tool born from the mind of a great. And to think that for me it all started twenty years ago, it came to love, even though I did not know: one life, one love.

The artistic process can preserve in any action, it starts from within and then you find the right tool … Stopping to take a shot you can, and then maybe decide that the time is only for if ‘, and the shot will be for a ‘other time…..


Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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