I no longer have a darkroom and I don't want to build one at Victor Harbour. I can't stand the chemicals, they play havoc with my skin, and I'm happy with digital files rather than the fine print made in the darkroom. I'm not a good printer.
That creates a problem with my 8x10 black and white photography. How do I develop the negatives? Up to now I have sent the 8x10 negatives to a pro-lab inSydney--Blanco Negro--- to be developed. It proved expensive to develop 24 negatives--- I only have 12 double film holders.
I've always thought it would be much more convenient to develop the 8x10 negatives in Adelaide at a community darkroom, even if that does mean DIY. Thankfully, one now exists--- The Analogue Laboratory, which is now situated at The Mill in Adelaide's CBD. What a great initiative!
It is much cheaper if I do it myself and Ii represents a return to the craft skills of photography that I was trained in. I used to tray develop sheet film in the Bowden studio, but it appears that DIY at the Analogue Lab involves sheet film clasped in hangers that are then gently dipped up and down in a tank.
You can develop more film in one go, so it is more efficient than the tray development that I used to do. I guess the next step is using a Jobo 3000 series Expert Drum at home. Jobo, however, went insolvent in 2010.
I'm looking forward to my first darkroom session this Sunday.