Getting Ready for April 21 - Global Darkroom Day
I did a little darkroom cleaning yesterday and went out and got this rack.
This is a little more than half of what I have.
Not pictured are the 5 liter jugs of Ilford chemistry and about a dozen or so boxes of Ilford 16x20 fiber paper.
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(that's also more than my local store has in stock)
Real photographs, created in camera, 100% organic,
no digital additives and shit
New Work Area - Wet & Dry
After forty-two years and at least six darkrooms built and equipped, the last five of which have been work-based, number seven (possibly the last?) is purely for my own indulgence and right in my own back yard.
Completed in December last year, I designed and built it from scratch on a plot of land adjacent to the house. One side is the lightroom, where the Macs, PCs, scanners and printers reside (mainly for business purposes, honest...), the other side is the darkroom equipped to print from 35mm to 5x7. At a mezzanine level, there is storage space and a print finishing area. Total ground floor area, about 29 square metres (~300 square feet).
Three windows all have boxed darkroom blackout blinds so the whole area can be plunged into darkness easily. It has light-tight air intake/extraction fans and underfloor heating; all the doors have lightproof ventilation grilles so that airflow can be maintained, even when in dark use. There's a small internal room with no windows for film loading and to provide the essential tea and coffee-making facility, the entrance provides a library/seating area with views over the garden and there is also a small toilet and washroom. It is certainly the most pleasant work area I've ever had, completely self-contained - but that was the idea.
So am I crazy to invest so much in a 'dying craft'? Well I don't think so; since giving up traditional processing at work nearly seven years ago, I've had an overwhelming desire to get back to the peace and quiet of the darkroom to pursue my love of traditional 'analogue' work. Whilst I still need to spend some hours in front of computers to pay for my current luxury accommodation, when that's done I can easily revert to enlarger baseboard instead of Apple keyboard. And eventually, when I've long gone, the whole place could easily be converted to a livable annexe to the main house - it's actually built to a higher standard!
So far it's working well, the only drawback being finding the time to use it without appearing to be a complete recluse and totally neglecting the rest of the household!
| Weeping Ash
"We cannot compete with those English fellows."
- overheard by Alfred Stieglitz at the Joint Exhibition, New York City, 1891.
That is awesome. That this was created for you own personal photography is quite laudable! A fantastic encouragement to keep building conventional darkrooms!
Originally Posted by Fraxinus
Ah - the most profound problem!
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Hello darkness my old friend
Originally Posted by Monophoto
"He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.
My tiny darkroom
My darkroom is 200 cm across and 160 cm deep. This is also where I keep most of my cameragear and other stuff.
But the important thing is that I have a permanent place to work in, that it includes running hot and cold wate, that it does have a vent and that I can easily crank out 16x20 prints any time. I have just upgraded my enlarger from an old Durst-C65 to a LPL-7700 which makes it a lot easier to make big prints (the lamp on the Durst is a wee bit weak compared to the powerful halogen on the LPL). I have new lenses comping in shortly. With a pile of negs to print - life is good.
My past two darkrooms (from when I lived in San Francisco a while back) were not permanent. In one flat I could set everything up in the bathroom. In the other the kitchen was the best spot.
Now if I could just find some place in the house for a dry-mount press...
Would your 6th darkroom you build please be for me!
Originally Posted by argentic