I met Jer at IWU while taking photo classes with Rob Curfman. Curfman had Jer come in and show some of his conceptual work to the class. Now two winters ago, Jer and I reconnected through Jeremy Cowart’s App OKDOTHIS. Jer is a film photo giant who’s currently working on his MFA program. I absolutely loved gleaning film stock insights from his experience. For instance, that you can over expose Portra by up to 4-6 stops?!
So we headed out to a fun abandoned spot not far from the school. Also, Jer let me borrow a beautiful camera of his, the Fuji GW690 III. It’s a 6X9 that takes 120, so you get about 8 shots per roll. It’s funny, its still considered medium format because we’re shooting on 120, but the resolution equivalent between this and a 35mm is like shooting still frames 1/5th larger than IMAX standard. This is just about one step down from shooting an 8X10 in my opinion. Just massive. It has a fixed 90mm lens and its a rangefinder. I’m pretty sure these are all Ilford Delta 400…
 
I got this scans with my buddy Caleb at 2400 dpi, about 8k, so they are huge. You’ll see some other shots below I took on the Fuji before returning it. The iPhone image with the film cameras is just for reference, the Fuji is the one on the right. These first two images of Jer were shot on my Ricohflex. You can check out more of Jer Nelsen’s work on his website jernelsen.com


 

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