Adventures in Analogue Pt3

 While I have been processing my own negatives for a while now (I will maybe go into this at another time), actually producing prints from the negatives was until recently venturing into the unknown. Last year I took the plunge and bought myself an enlarger and converted our unused attic space into a dark room.

I had long since been put off the idea by the notion that this was an expensive folly as it is much easier and cheaper to just scan the negatives and print them on a modern inkjet printer. However, have you seen the price of ink cartridges these days? So when you weigh the cost, print against print there isn't a whole lot of difference.

Next is the issue of convenience. Sure it takes longer, but you get a greater feeling of satisfaction in the end product when you have laboured over it, instead of just clicking on the print icon.  Digital photography and printing is relatively new, with resolution  and quality being able to compete with film only in the last ten years or so. Darkroom printing has been practised since the inception of photography in the early 19th century with  little change to the basic process from that time to this day. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

Lastly, I simply enjoy it. I like setting up the equipment with the neat production line of trays. I like mixing up the chemistry and the associated smell. I like the way the image slowly appears like magic in the developer. I realise this makes me come across as a bit of a geek. Then so be it, I AM A PHOTOGRAPHY GEEK.