Medium Format or how I learned to love the square

Kodak Ektar film. Straight from the developer's scan. 

Kodak Ektar film. Straight from the developer's scan. 

A few months ago I was gifted an old richohflex medium format camera. It uses 120 film, which I had sort of known about but never really used. I knew it was a 1:1 frame, which means a square, so in my brain I thought it would be like instagram. I love the format of instagram because it's so quick and easy and the square format is fun. 

Working with film adds another layer to that feel, because it's inherently the opposite of digital. Each frame costs money, and you can't go check the back of the camera to see if you nailed the shot. I decided that maybe shooting 120 film wasn't like instagram after all. You have to think, plan, meter the scene, be patient, wait for the shot to appear. It's a good learning experience and I don't think I'll ever stop shooting film now, even though film is expensive and scanning negatives is tedious. My goal isn't to create a technically perfect photo, but to actually say something in my voice. We are all photographers, and cameras are so plentiful nowadays that anybody can take a technically good photo. Saying what you have to say is more important than getting tack sharp focus or perfectly grading the colors in photoshop after the fact.