Some Thoughts about Darkroom


You may or may not know that when I first started taking pictures, it was with a Canon A-1 and a roll of Ilford HP5+, way back in 2006. I distinctly remember my dad telling me how to load and unload the film, and then forgetting to release the film once the roll was finished. What resulted was a damaged roll with only a few pictures, but I still found it more fun than taking pictures with my dad's digital point-and-shoot.

After a couple of years I finally commandeered my uncle's enlarger, trays and filters and set up my own darkroom in our newly remodeled basement kitchenette. I remember going to the camera store to buy all of the chemicals without a clue as to what they did. My aunt got me a book on basic darkroom techniques and I ventured into the dark, red-lit world of printing.

With so many photo editing tools on the computer, it seems like film is a dying medium. I shoot with a Nikon D7000 most of the time and edit with Lightroom. But there's just something cool about watching a picture appear before your eyes. While sometimes frustrating - I've ruined several rolls of film sitting alone in the dark, feeding the film into the reel - there's nothing like creating a product from start to finish. Just this year I picked up another film camera on a whim, and it's safe to say I often look like a crazy camera lady carrying all of my equipment around.

I'm not saying I'm an expert on taking and printing pictures. I've never taken a class or had formal training. I still hang all of my prints on the shower curtain bar in the bathroom, and half of them aren't even good. There are so many things to learn about making a good print from a good negative. However, black and white photography has been such a rewarding learning experience. This summer I've made it a goal to actually use all of my chemicals before they expire, and to have some prints to share with others.

After all, if my end goal is radiology, I have to say I rather like being in a dark room by myself and making (or interpreting, if you will) images.


Let us know - what is your favorite hobby?

-Isabelle

11 comments:

  1. i loved reading this post. what you said is kind of true.. with the digital age expanding so much, many have forgotten the true appreciation of photography.

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  3. have a great weekend darling!
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    mariana

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  4. great pictures!! have a nice day <3
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  5. I would love to try this and see how it looks! My favorite hobby is dance, I love dancing.

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  6. Sounds like that you´re very professional in this! My hobby is reading - and at the moment blogging :)

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    1. reading is a great hobby - wish i had more time for reading! we've followed you on bloglovin' and look forward to seeing more of your posts!

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  7. I took two darkroom classes: at high school and at Central Saint Martins in London. I do like the process and I prefer the result to digital... but digital is just easier to process, store and share...

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    1. I agree that it's much easier to batch edit all of those digital pictures. I just got back from China and have 3000+ pictures to go through! Darkroom is fun for some special shots though :)

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  8. I always like to be a good photographer. Always intrigue with the dark room. Old school photo processing rocks i think ! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the sweet thoughts.

    xo
    Sam
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