Today's post will be a quick one. I wanted to share a realization I had today that has helped me to get more enjoyment out of my darkroom. It is not a revolutionary concept but a hidden nuance that changes the approach to this wonderful hobby. Let me explain.
I have had a darkroom for a number of years. When I was in Australia, I used the guest bathroom which meant I had to rig up all the equipment then rig it all down when done. This meant that going to the darkroom represented 45 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of putting everything away.
In London, I had a shack outside with a rather sizable dry darkroom. It was great as I could leave everything rigged up and ready to go. The challenge was that the darkroom suffered the elements. In winter it was freezing cold. I also felt isolated from the rest of the house. I also had to bring in the water to be able to use it.
Moving to Jakarta Indonesia, I have a separate room on the side of the house with water. Today, after work, I felt like going into the darkroom but just for a few minutes. I walked in, printed a single negative (two prints with four test strips) and walked out. Easy, simple and fast. Now going to the darkroom is not an event that has to take hours. I can go in for 45 minutes and walk out. Nice, easy and fast.
This is the hidden benefit of having a darkroom that is nearby, temperature controlled with access to water. It makes it easy for you to enjoy your hobby anytime. This is why I believe that a dedicated space brings so much more enjoyment to the hobby than something you have to set up and take down.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.