Anyone heard of the Center for New Age Photography?

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  1. dans

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    Has anyone ever heard of this group? I was told baout it a few days ago and was wondering if anyone has ever heard of it.

    http://www.cfnap.com/
     
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    I've used the darkroom there a few times. It's over an hour drive for me, but working there is much more efficient my temporary darkroom setup. There were generally people using the studio spaces when I was there. Any particular questions?

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    This is a group formed by the "new old", the baby boomers. The "Center for Old Age Photography" was a right wing subversive plot which employed subliminal messages to twist the minds of liberals, but all of its members have since passed away. The new group is reported to be more liberal, but is still somewhat to the right of Barry Goldwater.

    "New Age Photography" is actually a code name for those who wish for the untimely demise of film and tends heavily toward digital images in its use of subliminal messages about film addicts and their habits in the darkroom. Personally, I find this reference to "New Age" to be coarse and vulgar. Those people who fondle their crystals and do aroma therapy are always suspect. Film still rules and digital drools.
     
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    Well... yeah.. I thought everybody knew that bit of history:wink:

    Once I saw the room full of 4x5 englargers, I didn't really care what he called it :D

    Jon
     
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    I am color blind and am not able to read the red against that back ground. Is there anything important that I am missing or are they just headings for the different sections.
     
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    I'm interested in them for the same reason you used them. It is a place to rent darkroom and possibly studio space. I was trolling for opinions about the place.

    Was the darkroom well stocked? Equipment in good condition, clean, functional?

    Did you look at the studio closely? What did you think of it? How about the equipment there?

    Any overall opinon? Is this the best/only place of it's kind in the area (it must be if you drive and hour)?

    Thanks
    Dan
     
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    Does that mean that all chemicals are organic, fresh salad will be served if requested at the time of booking and tree hugging is compulsary at the end of the session? :confused:
     
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    I'm not color blind, and that's tough for me to read.

    As long as it's text (and not an image *of* text), you can drag-select it to make it go to white text on a black background. I do that a lot with some of the more "adventurous" color schemes around the web...
     
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    He's got a floor in a mill building in Lawrence, next to Malden Mills (Polartec people) which gives him a lot of space.

    He's got 6 or 7 Omega D5500's & a Leica 35mm enlarger. The majority of the lenses are 50mm or so, but he has several MF and 4x5 lenses - I just moved the lenses to the enlarger I used. I ended up bringing my own developer, and used his stop and fix. There's a seperate room for washing and drying. Once I got a rhythm going, I was cranking out work prints much faster than I do at home in the temporarily converted bathroom.

    He's got several varied setups, with strobes, I believe - the big advantage of the mill location is the space and ceiling height.

    I live in southern New Hampshire, and I haven't been able to find any place closer. There are a couple in Manchester, but you need to be taking a course to use them.

    The place works well and Al is helpful and is making a reall effort to make sure the facility is serving his clients needs. He also has a bunch of electronic paraphenalia that is used to make prints in ways we don't talk about here :wink:

    He's always responded pretty quickly to email. I haven't been there in about 2 months, but I'm hoping to get down there right after Xmas.
     
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    I'm curious about his price structure. Is it a flat fee for time and additional charges for materials used?
     
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    $10/hour, 4 hour minimum, or $40 per month to 'subscribe' with many more hours, by appt. He includes dev/stop/fix, and will sell you paper. I've brought my developer and paper.

    I don't want to seem like I'm hawking the place, but it looks like no one else on APUG has been there. I'd like to hear any other experiences, darkroom or studio, if anyone has any.
     
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    Maybe this is a good topic to bring to the main board. I'd like ot know about other experiences with this or other rental darkrooms/studios.

    I'll start a thread there after dinner.

    Dan
     
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    New Age Photography Center

    I have not been there but some people from my club (Merrimack Valley Camera Club) have gone to use darkroom and we had a model night there. Al is the owner and is nice.

    I have never been there but plan on making a trip soon.

    Shalom,
    Eric