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Ode to a Darkroom

Updated on June 19, 2013

This digital age

It begs for instant gratification

Point. Click. Download.

And the wait is over

Yet, I love the darkroom

The old 4 x 5 camera

With wood and bellows

The timeless beauty of black white images

Great mystery of photography

Putting light to paper

One second...Two seconds...Three seconds

Immersing exposed paper in magic elixir

Watching the image appear

Saying softly

"This is how I see the world."


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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I never used a darkroom, but I can understand the nostalgia for the process. Those photos had a different look.

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      I have always felt that the photographer was more connected to the photograph when he or she used the old process. I am sure the champions of modern technology would argue though.

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      Ron Gawthorp 4 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

      I have spent countless hours in the darkroom, never a thought to fumes I inhaled as I waited for the image to pop, then ripen and finally ready for the fix and drying. No play or movie ever had a more suspenseful ending. Did you capture a treasure or produce a flop? Thanks for reminding me of those days sherrituck.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Photography always leaves something timeless behind. I too love old black and white photos. I have known people who looked upon darkrooms as something wonderful where magic things happened.

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