This was my darkroom in our house back in Warren, Oregon. The room was an addition to the rear of our 1895 farm house on an acre of land just a half an hour from downtown Portland. The 12 x 24 x 9 foot room mirrored a 12 x 24 x 9 finishing room accessible via a 36 inch revolving darkroom door allowing access even when in use. The finishing room is where I had computers, printers and scanners along with flat files and framing equipment, to complete any kind of printing project. The darkroom had room to adapt to many kinds of darkroom needs. Above the 16 feet of stainless steel sink note the plastic perforated pipe, a plastic fan sucked the air off the sink removing the chemical odors very efficiently. Two wall mounted “Omega” D5 XL’s, one fitted with an “Arista” Cold Light Head, the other an Omega color head. A “Thomas” sodium vapor safe light makes working in the room as bright as day.
I miss this room very much! The need for a darkroom and larger studio/shop space has been a major factor for our need to move. We will miss our 1880 bank building complete with walk-In vault, but we need a lot more square feet to work in. We have had our building here in Eureka, Nevada “For Sale”for over three years now. I must admit I’m growing impatient… My current darkroom is a half bath off the studio, at least it has the space to develop film. I still have all of the darkroom equipment, but no room to set it up in. I am very much ready to start making silver prints again, not to mention Platinum/Palladium prints. Where will my new darkroom be? Where should our next move take us?
Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room
851 E. William Street, Carson City, Nevada
Open to the public during City meetings, most M – Th evenings
Every image in this show was created with a modified Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with Kodak Tri-X 35mm film. I process the film in my own darkroom, scan the negatives and print digital archival prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper with an Epson 7890 wide format printer. Trish and I cut, assemble and paint all our own frame moulding, plus we cut the glass and mattes then assemble. In other words we create absolutely everything, down to the very last detail!
Here is the show, better yet, go see it yourself, they look so much better in person.
And, they would look even better on your wall! Support the arts, buy art!
I went back to the future last month and purchased a Hasselblad 501 C/M camera body, an A-12 film magazine, and a 60mm f=3.5 CF Distagon lens. I had sold all of my Hasselblad cameras years ago, to buy a digital camera system, and have regretted that decision ever since. Don’t get me wrong I really like my digital cameras, they are very useful tools, but I love film! And I love square images! Soon I hope to find a mint condition 100mm f=3.5 CF Planar lens to match and finish out my system. When I had my very extensive Hasselblad system years ago I found that the 60mm and 100mm lenses were my favorite and most used lenses. So this time I’m only going to own those two lenses. Keep it simple.
The following images are from the first two rolls of film run through my new (used) Hasselblad, walking just a few blocks from home.
Headstone in the Catholic Cemetery in Eureka, Nevada. Kodak Tri-X film.
General Store in Eureka, Nevada. Kodak Tri-X film.
Episcopal Church in Eureka, Nevada. Ilford Pan-F film
Window in an abandoned building in Eureka, Nevada. Kodak Tri-X film
I develop all of my own film on site, using Nikor stainless steel tanks and reels. I use Kodak D-76 developer (1:1), Kodak Glacial Acidic Acid Stop Bath (2%), and Kodak Rapid Fix.
I spent a week in Condon, Montana, at the Photographers Formulary taking a workshop from Ron Reeder on Digital Negatives and Platinum/Palladium Printing plus we went into Gum Bichromate and Cyanotypes. All in all a very intensive week. I found myself getting up early and starting in on making negatives and prints, then after dinner gong back into the darkroom till late, I was exhausted! But it was a really good exhaustion.
Palladium print from a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable.
Palladium print on Arches Watercolor HP Natural White.
Palladium print on Arches Platine.
Cyanotype on Arches Watercolor HP.
Palladium print overprinted with Raw Umber Gum Bichromate.
I spent the entire week in the darkroom processing dozens of rolls of film. While the film was in the wash I was in front of the computer scanning the negatives and printing out contact sheets. If an image stood out I scanned it big, cleaned it up and archived it for future printing. It’s mind numbing at times, but I’m always wowed every time I hang up a roll of film to dry and see it for the first time, or make a big scan of a negative and see an image big. I shot a lot with the Holga in the past few weeks. I had run out of 35mm film for the Kodak Disposable Panorama cameras, and had some Ilford 120 film in the freezer so I shot it. I still have a few rolls of film left to process, but need to mix more chemicals before I can start the next run.