Except it isn’t.” Roger Hicks
* ok, it is expensive!
This site houses some of the photographs I make that pass at some point through a traditional – some say analogue/analog – wet process. Nowadays, the development of film and conventional printing of negatives onto light-sensitive paper is considered ‘alternative’ at best and just ‘old-fashioned’ by many.
I treat this site as diary of my activity in this area, to remind me how I process and print and what chemicals I use. Sometimes the images posted will be successes, sometimes not so successful. Some may end up in the wastebasket – what Tim Rudman calls ‘the learning bin’.
Although I have a semi-permanent darkroom, I tend to have short bursts of activity in it – followed by long gaps before the next printing session. Bear with me if you decide to view this site, sometimes it doesn’t change for months then all of a sudden…
Photographs here may be straightforward silver-gelatin prints from film negatives, others may be toned or alternatively-processed prints made by contact printing ink-jet negatives derived from digital image files*. One thing is for sure, each finished image has spent part of its gestation period bathed in chemical solutions.
Once upon a time, all photography was done this way.
Thanks for stopping by.
Note: My main site at www.the-golden-fleece.co.uk contains a lot more of my photographs (primarily digital), plus material on the photographers Edwin Smith, Raymond Moore and Tony Ray-Jones, as well as articles on Creative Camera magazine and The Cambridge Darkroom.
It also is the home of The Creative Camera Archive, a searchable index of every issue of the magazine.
*For a description of the process I use to create digital negatives, please see the article on my main site, although it’s a bit dated now.