About

Photography sometimes attracts people with a very high opinion of their own expertise, and a predilection for bossing others about. Listen to some of them, and you will be amazed that silver halide photography ever succeeded at all, given that it is so difficult, complicated, and expensive.
Except it isn’t.”                                              
Roger Hicks

 

This place houses some of the photographs I make that pass at some point through a traditional – some say analogue – wet process. Nowadays, the conventional printing of negatives onto light-sensitive paper is considered ‘alternative’ and ‘old-fashioned’.
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 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 pigment-based 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.

Harman Technology's Local Darkroom resource

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I offer one-to-one training in film processing and printing and you can find my darkroom listed on Harman Technology’s Local Darkroom site. The site design is a bit flaky, just zoom in north of London until you find Herts Darkness…

Once upon a time, all photography was done this way.

Thanks for stopping by.

Roy Hammans

Note: My main site at www.fine-photographs.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, amongst other things…

*For a description of the process I use to create digital negatives, please see the article on my main site.

2 Responses to About

  1. Garry Platt says:

    Interesting blog here about Edwin Smith and Olive Cook’s contributions to the Saturday Book.

    http://janehousham123.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/treasure-hunt.html

  2. Roy says:

    Thanks Garry, a very interesting link. I will add it to the Edwin Smith section on my site, which is currently undergoing reconstruction.

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