My Darkroom

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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.

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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?

Hasselblad 501 C/M

I owned my first Hasselblad camera when I was eighteen years old. I was going to college, and working at a camera shop in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was a brand new 500C/M, 80mm lens, and A-12 magazine, purchased through Hasselblad’s personal purchase program. But, years before I have vivid memories of assisting my father (Robert Reynolds) when I was eleven years old, loading Hasselblad 12 magazines in the backseat of bush planes, on the pitching decks of fishing boats, and in the wilderness of Alaska, while he photographed his first coffee table book for Graphic Arts Center, “ALASKA” (1971). My first coffee table book “NEVADA” was also published by Graphic Arts Center (2001), and was also photographed using Hasselblad cameras. This was the last book my father designed before he passed away in 2002.

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By 2005 Trish and I had moved from Warren, Oregon to Eureka, Nevada to pursue art making. Around this same time the digital revolution was in full swing, and I needed to have a digital camera to work. I could not afford a digital back for my Hasselblad system (5 bodies & 11 lenses), so I placed everything on e-bay and with deep regrets sold it all… I purchased two Canon 5D’s and three “L” Series zoom lenses with the e-bay proceeds. I have since upgraded the camera bodies to 5D MkII’s and sold the zoom lenses in favor of five “L” Series prime lenses. For most of my color work I shoot digital. But, for all of my black & white work I shoot film. I have been shooting with Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film since 1994.

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“Hole-in-the-Ground” Central Oregon, shot with a Kodak disposable panoramic camera.

I have harbored deep regrets for selling my Hasselblads, and have always had a thing for square images. So, late last year I found a mint condition 501C/M, 60mm f=3.5 CF lens, a never used A-12 film magazine and all the necessary accessories (pro shade, filters, straps, etc) on e-bay for less than $800.00, I’m a happy camper again!

The following images are a very small sampling of what I have been doing over the last four months with my new found (used) Hasselblad…

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Silver Peak, Nevada

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Eureka, Nevada

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Ruby Hill, Nevada

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Nothing, Arizona

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Lone Mountain, Nevada

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Jungo, Nevada

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

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Ruby Hill, Nevada

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Amargosa, California

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Antelope Valley, Nevada

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McGill, Nevada

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Cerutti Wells, Nevada

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Goldfield, Nevada

Wild Women! Elko, Nevada

Trish and I are both thrilled and honored to be guest artists at this year’s Wild Women show “Bellissimo!” at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

The show runs January 11th – February 2nd.

Artist reception Friday February 1st 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Main Event! February 1st 10:00 am – 8:00 pm through

February 2nd 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Come meet the artists and support the arts by buying art!

You will find amazing art by:

Susan Church

Kathleen Durham

Karel Hendee

Teresa Jordan

Kristen Franzen Orr

Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk

Gail Rappa

Sidne Teske

Deon Reynolds

Trish Reynolds

Duncan LittleCreek Art Bar and Gallery

516 Commercial Street

Elko, Nevada 89801

775-738-3426

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Hasselblad 501 C/M

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.