Vale darkroom tongs

Developer tongs finally die.
My Developer tongs finally died this week.

I have been using these tongs in my darkroom for such a long time. I can only hazard a guess and say I began using them at least 15 years ago, I built my darkroom in the garage around 2000-2001.

It’s funny how you put up with things. As soon as I grabbed a fresh pair my ability to work with wet prints in developer then improved immeasurably.

Still getting 15 plus years out of a piece of equipment is pretty good in this day and age of new hardware and software every 18 months.

Old School. New School.

Researching analogue processes this week for work has lead me down a veritable rabbit hole of information. I am teaching a process that requires a certain level of finesse and attention to detail. Also this is a particular part of the process that I have not had to draw on in my own practice for some… Continue reading Old School. New School.

Enlargers?

Enlargers, the good the bad the ugly? I am often asked about all kinds of photography equipment, from cameras to tripods to enlargers and everything in between. Recently I was asked about what is a good enlarger so as I have yet too add this FAQ to my website I’ll start with a blog entry… Continue reading Enlargers?

Experiments for 2017 classes

During the long summer school holidays, I always endeavour to undertake several things. Move along with my own personal projects, thereby keeping my skill set fresh and professional, and experiment with new curriculum ideas to help the students expand their own skill sets. So far these holidays I have shot and processed 5 rolls of medium… Continue reading Experiments for 2017 classes

Food for thought?

Well, one way to differentiate your work from the masses posting on Instagram is to make your work into prints and display them somewhere. Just that separates you from most. A print is a real thing, something you can stand in front of and look at for a while. But also build a website, make… Continue reading Food for thought?

Minor White Archive!

Today it has been announced that Princeton University have released their Minor White Archive as a web site. This is my favourite image by him and one of my all time favourite images in the history of photography. Some of the reasons I like it are: it poses more questions than it answers it elegantly… Continue reading Minor White Archive!