Darkroom No. 8 is a Fact!

Yes, ladies & gentlemen..it’s THAT time again 🙂 I seem to have grown quite fond of building them, so gotta keep up the pace!

I moved again, to a nicer place, and had to set up the darkroom, also again. I planned for it to be on the attic, only the wet table turned out to be too large to get it up the stairs. Remodelling the place to make it go up is not (yet) an option so decided to take a different approach.

I split up the sections a bit. The wet table and enlarger ended up in a room with the central heating system and washing machine. Already had connections for water and drainage so it took me and my dad only a bit of work to fix the piping (cool to do with my dad!) and did a good job.

The living room is part working space, part dining and stuff, the heart of it being a large table measuring 125 x 250 cm. And across the room a large white board of 100 x 200 cm (size does matter at times :p ). And then there’s a walk-in closet room for my clothing and across storage for chemistry bottles, other glassware and this and that (of which there’s a lot).

 

Works pretty well so far! Not sure if I’m going to keep the enlarger in the place it’s at now, doesn’t get much use these days with the contact printing and can make better use of the space it’s filling up now.

Photos suck, sorry ’bout that. For lack of better I made them using my iPhone.

I already used it, better said, I really had a deadline to make. I joined a photo group a while back, and we’re applying for a group exhibition and had to prep an example image of the concept. I will get deeper into the conceptual a bit further down the lane somewhere, so don’t ask yet please..

They will be portraits shot digitally (most likely and hopefully using the Monochrom…), making digital negatives of these files and printing them using Van Dyke. Exposure time of the paper was 17 minutes using an UV-light source. I will share the testing with you:

Anyway, that is as it stands a bit for now. More to come soon, and by that I mean not the build of darkroom No. 9, pinky promise 🙂

2 comments

    1. Wauw, and you call mine a beautiful space! Yours is absolutely stunning!

      The quality of the darkrooms has fluctuated over the years, depending on location available. The darkrooms moved because I did and the space to build them in was not always that practical. If I look back darkroom no. 6 was the most beautiful and wonderful working space, but that one is just hard to beat 😊
      But this surely is second best and will be the nicest as it’s probably going nowhere in the forseeable future as I don’t intend to move any time soon.

      I hope that you can get to keep yours too, it really looks spacious and nicely equipped. Darkrooms are certainly special rooms!

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