Last weekend saw the launch of my new darkroom/analogue project space, in downtown Acton, during ACAVA open studios 2012.
While all my commissioned work these days is digital, I haven’t lost my passion for all things analogue, particularly using large format cameras and processing my own film and prints. I’m also extremely interested in alternative processes – such as platinum printing and wet plate collodion photography – as well as using archaic film emulsions.
The idea behind my new darkroom/project space is to work on my own projects, hopefully leading to exhibition or publication while exploring the unique qualities of analogue photography. The opportunity to create hand-crafted works without any intervention from a computer really appeals to me.
It has taken the best part of six months to set up the space, tracking down some hard-to-find equipment including a 5×7 format enlarger.
A big shout-out to workplace storage manufacture Bisley for supplying some truly excellent steel storage cupboards which will help protect my archive of negatives and transparencies.
If you want any further information, or are interested in collaborating on an analogue photography project, then please get in touch!