My Kitsilano Darkroom & Nicole
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
|Nicole - Kodak Technical Pan - Mamiya RB-67 Pro-SD & 90mm lens|
In 1979, my darkroom in Arboledas, Estado de México was the
bathroom in what would have been the room for a live-in housekeeper. In the
tiny bathroom I had a Durst enlarger for 35mm film.
Now in 2016 my darkroom is the bathroom in the guest room
upstairs. It is not very dark so I must use a changing bag to transfer my 35mm
and 120 film into reels and from there in a Unicolor processing drum I have
been using since 1976. There is no room for an enlarger or for printing my
negatives onto photographic paper. My wet darkroom is gone. I have now entered
a new stage with a Canon Pro-1 Inkjet Printer.
I processed four rolls yesterday. Three were Kodak T-Max
100. The fourth roll, Kodak Technical Pan
in 120 (long gone into discontinuance
many years ago) I had to process in a Nikkor stainless steel tank
Pan which is inherently a high contrast film would become even more contrasty
if processed in the Unicolor tank which revolves on a motor base.
|Fuji FP-3000B b+w Instant Film - scanned peel|
The first problem I encountered is that the motor base
did not work. I thought of the consequences and how friends would say (damn
them!),”Have you tried E-Bay or Craig’s List?” But the wrinkle was a small one.
I had to press the button on the razor adapted outlet. It worked.
The second problem is that in my move I have misplaced
the Unicolor instructions for the minimum chemistry requirement for each roll
of film and subsequent extra rolls. Luckily the internet had that information
|Fuji FP-300B Instant B+W Film - Scanned print|
The third problem was that none of my four faucets
(kitchen and three bathrooms) had a tap that fit my tall archival negative
washer. I found that the kitchen nozzle could be removed and Coe’s Lumber on
West Broadway had plastic adapters.
With the problems all solved I can report that my
negative look pristine and I can see myself doing more of this.
|Fuji X-E1 Digital Camera|
To illustrate this blog I will place here photographs I
took of my friend Nicole in my Mexican department store (Puerto de Liverpool
pin-striped suit jacket.
It will illustrate my preference for using more than one
camera on any given photographic session and when possible to use different
film stocks plus my digital Fuji X-E.I previously wrote about this here
|Kodak Portra 160 Colour Negative Film|| |
I believe that when I pick up another camera my subject
shifts a bit, rests a bit and then looks at my lens with subtle differences.
|Kodak T-Max 100 Film|