I’ve been without a darkroom for over a year and a half. My attempt to carve one out of a spare bedroom was foiled by carpet. Gaia and I don’t consider this to be our permeant house, so ripping up the wall-to-wall carpet upstairs is out of the question. And, even if we could do that, imagine the damage that a few major fixer spills could do to the resale value.
I have the room set up, sans sink. The enlargers are ready to go, I have chems and paper. I can get the room dark enough to load film, but the dust is impossible to control. I can do contact prints, and develop them in a Jobo Processor in the bathroom, but the dust is… you get the point.
I could muddle through. The situation is not impossible. But, after having a real darkroom for so long, the difficulty of doing the most basic processes, when compared to the ease I experienced before, makes it not worth doing when I can send my film out for developing, and scan the negatives. My scanner won’t do 8×10 negatives, but I’m working on that.
What does the future bring? Someday a different house with space for a proper darkroom. I’m also reconsidering carving a small darkroom out of the garage. More on this later.
Digital: I am looking to buy a pro digital camera like a Nikon D810. I do not intend it to take over for film, but I can use it for the quick shots, and save the medium and large format film for the spectacular shots.
Featured image: Camera: Hasselblad 500CM with a 40mm Carl Zeiss lens.