Beautiful pictures are developed from negatives in a dark room…So if you see darkness in your life be reassured that a beautiful picture is being prepared.
Every time I open developing tank in end of the process and see my negatives for the first time I feel like a kid in a Christmas morning. Joy of me not messing up times and chemicals are overwhelming. I know it’s a bit silly but someone once told me I’m easy to please, I guess this is proof of it. Then again why not, life is full of darker moments if you can make yourself happy with simple things in life then do it.
Back in March i went to visit few friends in Italy, beautiful island of Sardinia in very quiet town of Alghero. I had my film camera, sunshine and place that seemed to be stuck in time. Set up was perfect for long pasagata (walks) lots of wine and pica’s that gets sold by the meter and of course big ice creams.
“Sardinia is another thing. Much wider, much more ordinary, not up-and-down at all, but running away into the distance. Unremarkable ridges of moor-like hills running away, perhaps to a bunch of dramatic peaks on the southwest. This gives a sense of space … lovely space about one, and traveling distances-nothing finished, nothing final. It is like liberty itself … ” D.H. Lawrence. Sea and Sardinia. 1921.
When I got back I could not wait to get in to darkroom, smell all the chemicals and get so masivle irritated with suspense till you see first negative and then getting times right for exposures. Spending the day in suppressing red light lit room what reminds you of your late night walks in red district after coffee shop visit in Amsterdam. The hate you keep trying and trying to get right with same image over and over again, but the joy when you finally come in to the light and see that you finally have done it…nothing can be compered to this greatest love and hate relationship between you and darkroom.
Enough of me remenessing in memories lane, this is the outcome of my sweat and tears filed days in the darkroom. I printed them on ectalor paper and put them in to Selenium bath afterwards to get blueish tone.
and here are few other images from that lovely trip, but these negatives were scanned to use on my computer so not that much sweat and tears were sheared over them.