Street Portraits in China Town, NYC

Neimad

Member
Good morning,

First, I'm a very recent user of Hasselblad.
I used to do street photography with a Leica M or even with a Canon DSLR. (I still use both)
Mid of last year, I bought a 503CWD Hasselblad.
I started to use it in the street of New York, Buenos Aires and Paris.

Here is a very recent serie I just started in China Town about people playing cards and chinese chess.

You can enjoy much more photos on my FlickR page:
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Fliger747

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Nice! In some places I have found that a serious camera is a bit of an opener, too many DLSRs around now. If people think you are something besides a nosey armature they are much more tolerant. In China in particular, even Hong Kong, people will usually say thank you after photographing them. Have made a number of friends this way, will often try to email them a photo or two if I can.

Cheers. T
 

Neimad

Member
Thanks a lot for your answer Fliger.
I totally agree with you. A serious camera can sometimes help a lot to create the contact. And nowadays, the Hasselblad V Serie seems to come from a different century.
A very good reason to open a discussion or for the people to look at it with a smile and a kind of nostalgia.
Here under a some new photos from this serie:

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Hass451

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Your point about using a Hasselblad instead of a DSLR (the camera almost everybody else will have around their necks) is well stated. Subjects take you seriously, and it is clear--even to the casual observer--that you are totally committed to your photography. That is even more evident when you shoot with your 500mm lens in a national park. Great conversation starter.
 

Hass451

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Or... you could say that it advances the film. When the astute observer sees your digital back the humor will become clear, and smiles will be passed back and forth.
 
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