I had a dream last night about emulsions, of all things (and not even chocolate emulsions). Sir William De W. Abney, who wrote Photography with Emulsions A Treatise on the Theory and Practical Working of the Collodion and Gelatine Emulsion Processes, in 1885, started a thread on APUG. This is not quite as bizarre as it sounds. As you read his book, it sounds for all the world like a web forum. He quotes other emulsion workers, and talks about the successes and failures of what, to him, was still a cottage industry. Quite chatty and readable. He used canning jars and cheesecloth. He and his contemporaries would have loved the internet. Its probably a good thing for us they didnt have one, because they actually got some work done. I share this because I believe photographers who are working for the preservation of analog photography are missing a really good bet handmade silver gelatin workshops with Ron Mowrey (PE). Skip a century in your imagination, and here is a man inventing silver gelatin papermaking. Before commercial industry and patent production slammed shut the door on information exchange, the first photographers were out there, rolling their own and talking about it. We can do that, too. It seems obvious to me that it is time for a pre-active approach. Reactive isnt enough. Pt/pd, cyanotype, carbon these processes are all wonderful and worth learning, but at this stage it is mostly that learning. Silver gelatin is a chance to learn, teach, collaborate, and contribute to photography. There are hundreds of emulsion formulas, dozens of papers, countless developers and toners. This is fun stuff, folks. Give it a try. Ron is trying to empower us. Lets help him.