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Reliving my youth...


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Reliving my youth...

27 Mar 2013 10:50PM   Views : 533 Unique : 421

Iíve been watching the pictures and blog entries that a young lady doing her ďAĒ levels is putting on EPZ. alice170596 is a conscientious blogger, and writes every few days.

There is, I confess, a risk of creepiness about a 59-year-old man who largely shoots nudes following a teenaged womanís blog. But Iím finding two things about it that Iíd not really expected, at all.

First, itís reminding me of when I was fourteen, and learning how to do things for the first time. The excitement of seeing the prints coming up in the developer. The confusion when the suggested printing times gave me a muddy mess. And the joy of being able to run down the Market in Leek to Fred Jacksonís shop, to ask for expert advice on what to do next.

And, to be honest, the embarrassment of having the Physics lab developing dishes at home when the teacher wanted to develop his holiday snapsÖ (I had permission to borrow them. It was just that Iíd kept them for a couple or six darkroom sessions in a narrow windowless room and not taken them back the next day.)
Second, Iím finding that her blog brings out little bits and pieces of my accumulated knowledge. Itís had plenty of time to accumulate, really. That there is now quite a lot of it reflects sheer time past, rather than any ability to understand and articulate stuff!

So there we are. I am reliving some of the more esoteric moments of my teens alongside someone who is far more focussed (sorry: puns were also a formative part of my teens. And, to be honest, my fifties) on achieving specific goals.

Iím not sure who is the luckier: Alice, with a teacher, a curriculum, and an autofocus camera fitted with a zoom lens. Or me, all those 42 years ago, borrowing my Dadís cameras as soon as I understood the extreme limitations of my own Instamatic 100 (which is, I find, still in my cupboard, along with Dadís Super Paxette 2BL and Retinette 1B. His old Kodak SixTwenty Junior went to a friend who needed it more than I did: a folding camera with an f/6.3 Kodak Anastigmat and a shutter speeded from 1/25 to 1/100 second, plus B).
What do you reckon?


SlowSong Plus
14 10.3k 30 England
28 Mar 2013 3:33PM
I agree dudler. Learning all that tricky exposure stuff was an uphill climb, until it suddenly all clicked into place (I can pun too Grin). The smells of the darkroom, the running tap, the radio on in the background but not hearing any of it as I was concentrating so much. Counting, dripping, squeegy-ing. Utter joy. I envy her.

It's like when I first learnt to ski. That first week of lessons when I knew nothing was immense fun but once I'd got the hang of it, although totally enjoyable, I'll never forget the sheer joy of learning the basics.

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