It was inevitable that at some point I would turn to making my own developers and photographic paper. Why? It comes from a basic need to understand in some depth all of the steps involved in making a picture. This first post of a new series looks at some of the basic chemistry involved in producing a film negative. Later in the series I will look at some of the film/developer combinations that I am beginning to use.Continue reading
This site describes my efforts at learning film photography and darkroom printing.
I see film photography and darkroom printing as two sides of the same coin, inseparable. Taking a picture fashions the options that you have in the darkroom. Printing a photograph tells you how you might have better seen the image when taking that photograph.
I am no expert and I hope that, by writing these posts, I am not holding myself out to be one. If nothing else, I will at least be helping to preserve a craft that is in danger of disappearing.
My aim? I aspire to Josef Sudek’s maxim: ‘No approach, no recipe. Each thing to be done differently’.