at this point using traditional materials ( photo paper and film )
is considered "alternative process photography" since
the main stream uses more modern techniques.

how far away from the digital main stream are you ?

do you polish your own metal plates to make daguerrotypes? coat your own wet plates/tintypes?
make your own silver emulsion, or paper or books, or coat your own film, or use ready made materials to make your life trouble free?

since its all alternative photography at this point, what do you do?