I just started printing again after a 10 year hiatus. Before that, it was 5x7's and 8x10's as re-prints for people who wanted a copy of the photo that we shot for the paper, before that, in 91' for a class. If a camera, lens or enlarger is a tool, then a darkroom is a big tool box. I love to make things, I heart toolboxes...
I look at the darkroom process like I do the manner in which I built some of the components of mine, by hand. Mine is cramped, so it is not a space for endless experiments in toning and lots of elaborate baths. It's a place to walk in with a neg you have been aching to print for years. And while I relish in the personal nature of my input into the medium, I also look at it as business which I also enjoy. I feel good when I see one print that is worth selling, I feel great when I see 10 of the same one from one session.
So I go in with a plan. And that plan can be to not waste more than 3 out of a run of 20 FB prints in trying to fill an edition, to cranking out a few 8 x 10 RC edit proofs of negs I want to get a better feel for. But either way, I just don't mess around much in there and really like the idea of it not taking too much time away from shooting, being outside. So while I love how different it is, and I am not one who needs to use it to escape, it is a very important part of my final vision that I try to consume in modest amounts.
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