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© Sadie Collins
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Oh how I miss the dark room. :(

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  • Robert Carey

    Robert Carey gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    Beautiful shot Sadie! Love it.

  • UnEasy

    UnEasy said (19 Dec 2008):

    Evocative, beautiful, and wonderfully creative. Years ago, I turned my kitchen into a permanent darkroom, the refrigerator filled with toxic chemicals, developers, fixers, potassium chloride. Needless to say, my apt. was not, to recall that funny (albeit sexist to the PC minded) term a "chick magnet :D All thumbs, never managing to thread the film through the wire guides of the developing tank on the first, or even third try, sweat dripping into the trays during summer - all became worthwhile, watching the image form, magically in the developer tray. Kitchen cabinets filled with exotic chemicals, and my most prized possession - the top of the line enlarger, I wax nostalgic, until...
    I remember my first, anxious look at the film strip as I held it up to the red light, my anticipation almost frenzied, for I'd spent an entire day shooting under extreme lighting conditions, but certain I would soon be making a print of the next Pulitzer, until..................
    Nothing. Pure crap, my painstaking calculations, all the bracketing, metering, panels carefully placed to control the back lighting - 14 hours devoted to capturing 12 shots - gone. I too miss the darkroom, but only sometimes, rarely, when waves of nostalgia sweep over me. No, I admit I'm much happier with the instant results my DSLR gives me, affording endless opportunities to tweak this or that, with thousands, not dozens of "frames" on my SD card. And what once took hours now takes seconds. And when once I went home not knowing whether I'd succeeded or failed, when once I had a dozen opportunities to get it right, today I have thousands.
    I too sometimes miss the darkroom, but in the same way I sometimes miss those old subway cars, with seats made of straw, and fans that moved heavy, muggy air about on sweltering summer days, replaced by air conditioners long ago.

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    I just say-wow!!!

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