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My Darkroom

One of the cameras I am using. It is a Speed Graphic, manufactured by Graflex of Rochester, NY. It was the predominant press camera between 1930 and 1950. This lens is a Kodak, Iktar. The negative that this camera yields is 4x5 inches.
A look at some of my chemistry. I am part scientist, part artist.
The trays in which I process both my negatives and my paper.
Two negatives hanging to dry.
The glass plate I use to sandwich the negative down onto the photo paper. I expose the paper by turning on the bathroom light.
The final print hanging to dry.

So, this commemorates the beginning of a series of experiments. That the darkroom is flawed does not take away from the fun of making images. It does make it more difficult to achieve quality, but I am confident that I will eventually make very good work with what I have. I do plan on playing with filters, types of light, different paper. I am sure new experiments will arrive as I progress. Certainly more to come.

2 replies on “My Darkroom”

“The lesson which life repeats & constantly reinforces is ‘look under foot.’ You are always nearer the divine & the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant & the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place & hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”

-John Burroughs

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