Hooray! Camden Palace darkroom!

6 04 2012

© Rory O'Toole

This evening I visited Naomi in the darkroom in Camden Palace Hotel. We discussed the classes we intend to run (darkroom introduction, and basic photography) over coffee. Then I spent an hour developing a roll of Kodak xp125, and then went and made one print, seen above. Having not been in the darkroom since last December, it was lovely to get back in again and enjoy the slow pace, fun and, well, sheer pleasure of being back in a wet darkroom. Sure, I spent 3 hours there, and I could possibly achieve more in front of the PC in that length of time. But if you love photography, and especially love a physical print, made by hand, with chemicals, light and dark, then there is no better way of spending a few hours. I came home with a technically imperfect but still beautiful print. There’s a lenght of film containing 36 frames, hanging in the drying cabinet for me when I go in next week, and a lovely calm soulful experience enjoyed along with a bit of gossip and a complete distraction from everyday life and the screen that draws us in. Hooray!

– Rory

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