OMG Why wasn't I following you? How long have you been following me, oh man! I'm so sorry :S Anyhow, the good thing is that you messaged me and I could find out! I'll add you to the list in a couple of mins ok? Hope you keep enjoying my page as I'm gonna enjoy yours now on.
Heh, I can’t remember, but I might have been following you since December ;)
Glad you like my stuff though!
Last night I dreamt I had a day off work and had decided to rent an 8x10 camera. I went to the college to ask my old darkroom teacher if I could develop the film in my tank, even though I knew I needed a different one. They had all these acetate calibration grids on the walls but I decided I could ignore them.
The problem with setting up a not particularly lightproof (or lightproofable) darkroom this close to the summer solstice is that for the next couple of months I have to wait until 9 or 10pm to do anything…
“It was once the vogue for artists to give poetic titles to their pictures, even a line or two of verse; the picture might lack feeling but the title made sure of the sentiment. Literary aids to painting are out of fashion now, because any artist worthy of the name trusts his medium to express all that is in his mind.”—Charles Simpson, "Composition for Photographers"
appealtoemulsion: …just a quick 8x10 run-through with scrap fibre paper to make sure everything worked and that my chemicals and dilutions and garage space was adequate.
offcuts: I have my eye on an enlarger on ebay, fingers crossed!
appealtoemulsion: Oooh, exciting, I hope you get it! What brand and model? What lenses? Do you primarily print 35mm or 120? And where?
offcuts: It’s an LPL VC7700. It doesn’t say what lenses (but it does say “lenses”, so presumably a 50 and an 80?) I’m new to this, so it’ll be me limiting it, not the lens ;) I like that it has a multigrade head, and that it comes with a timer so it’s ready to go. I’ve never had my own darkroom: it’s all going in the bathroom. I have some MF but this year I’m mostly using 35mm. I wrote some about that here.
“We are not supposed to get emotionally attached to a piece of equipment. “Cameras are tools” we are told. Personally, I think that’s nonsense. To a craftsman, a tool is a very personal thing. Each one is selected for very precise reasons. If you are just making money with cameras, yes, they are just tools. If you are a craftsman, there is a joy in what you are doing and making money is secondary. The reward for what you do isn’t money, it’s the personal satisfaction of doing something that brings you personal joy.”—Ken Norton (via anotherhome)