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    I had a darkroom in my house growing up, and I don't recall an age when I was barred from it. Course people were smarter back then, now people need labels to tell them not to drink the Dektol. Having grown up with one is probably part of the reason I still have one-I think it's imprinted on me.

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    When I was a lab tech at a local community college and sometimes people bring in their kids, I had to through them out.

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    My nearly 4 and 5.5 year old sons will sometimes come into the darkroom while I'm printing. Their interest will vary from watching one print develop to maybe five or six consecutive prints. They're probably not too far away from learning to rock the trays. They also show interest in film developing and are usually impatient to see the negs. Only a couple of weeks ago I let each of them take a photo of the other with my Wista 4 x 5, and the phots were actually quite good, better than my own from the same session. Also, I have a revolving darkroom door, which is great for kids to get into the darkroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    now people need labels to tell them not to drink the Dektol.
    "This bag is not a toy. Keep this bag away from reach of any children. Children playing with this bag may suffocate and result in death or serious injury."

    Just how stupid have we become??

    It used to be common sense to know these things and watch for our own and our children's safety. Now it is common sense to protect ourselves from being sued by those who are seriously lacking common sense.

    Times have changed...
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    My 6-year-old niece comes into the darkroom sometimes. She's quite intrigued by it.

    I cut up a large chunk of Eastman 5222 to put in a bulk film loader and she and my four-year-old nephew both came in the darkroom in the pitch black while I did it. I thought it would be a good way to show them that darkness is not a bad thing. My nephew wanted to be in contact range of my leg but otherwise they were quite well behaved. They were very chatty which wasn't a bad thing - loading film in the pitch black isn't all that fun.

    My niece is very keen to actually develop a print on her own... maybe in a year or so. She's certainly intrigued by the process.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    I was still in diapers when I first went into the darkroom. I hope to still be in the darkroom when I need to wear diapers again.
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    When you turn your camera on, does it return the favor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken N View Post
    I was still in diapers when I first went into the darkroom. I hope to still be in the darkroom when I need to wear diapers again.
    That would make an awesome signature file. Me too, and I'm (at least) halfway there.

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    Kids like rolling in the dirt on the floor of my darkroom. It is the only way the floor gets cleaned, so it's fine by me! But I was almost certain they were sneaking nips off of the fixer tray when I went to the other room to wash my prints, so I set up a trap. I busted one of them the other day because he didn't know I had made a pencil mark on the tray to mark the level. I am putting the little snake on black widow duty next time he visits! That's if the rat doesn't get out of it by claiming entrapment!
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    If you do it together (and what could be more enjoyable?) children can do even complicated procedures in the darkroom. Here's my son, then 15 years old, doing photopolymer gravure:

    Couldn't find the photo where he etches a proper copper plate for photogravure in acid.

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    Great thread! When my daughter is a year or two older to get some cleanliness skills, perhaps I'll get her working the trays. For now, I'd forsee lots of cross contamination.

    When I was a teen, I had my own darkroom setup for 35mm and I'm still using many of the original items twenty years later. I also etched copper for making circuit boards, but not for photogravure. Didn't learn any of it from my parents though. That was back when Radio Shack had electronics components in stock, and three photo stores had paper, film, and chemicals locally in stock.

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