A different kind of blog post this time… had my first darkroom experience today. Until now I was only scanning my negatives and then printed them via Inkjet… about 2 weeks ago I found out that there is a photo club where I work – who run a fully equipped darkroom… yesterday I got an introduction to the place and today I had a day off to actually start using it… I was reading the last couple of weeks endless articles and watched youtube videos on darkroom techniques and how-to’s.. I ordered paper and the required chemistry in the meantime… theoretically I was prepared, but reality hardly ever follows theory, so I was very curious how it would be….
I loved it right away – I have a million things to learn and to further experiment, but just the way of working is wonderful… the darkness, the excitement seeing the image vaguely appear in the developer… the moment of truth when you switch on the light and see the image… for some reason I feel more proud of a picture that required no modifications via any digital means… photography in its original sense….
I read a lot of forum posts on “inkjet vs wet print” and most of them had the conclusion that inkjet with pigment inks and good paper is better, sharper, cleaner than wet prints… and from what I have seen today this may be true… but still the wet print seems to breathe and live… compared to the perfect and clean inkjet print…
attached some pictures.. the “grainy” ones are on Ilford Art Paper… in real life they have a beautiful texture, once scanned it looks more like grain on the screen… one print I used RC paper without a texture, which is easier to scan, but looks (and feels) less nice in real life….