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Yes, today I finally dismantled the very last remnants of the darkroom. I had kept it open for possible use far, far longer than it was needed and in fact it wasn't used for possibly five years before it finally went.
I remember with affection those long, hot days under the red light, cocooned in a detached and remote creative world. Occasionally a cup of hot coffee would be passed in to me and eventually I would emerge, blinking into the light, carrying buckets filled with water and soaking black and white prints.
Happy days, but now I wonder how I could find time for all the setting up, having to spend at least a few hours to make it worthwhile, the cleaning up, washing prints, drying and spotting out the offending white specks.
Now I can produce images as and when. The PC is always on, so I only need to take a seat and away we go. It is cleaner, faster and more efficient than the darkroom ever was.
However, the techniques learned in that darkroom are still there in Photoshop, so the learning process was of real value. I suppose from analog to digital, I've been in photography at the very best of times. Now, where did I put those glass slides......