Transform and reinvent...
Sweep in and kill the spiders...
Lost yet? Don't worry, my parents were too for a while.
This summer I made the decision to fly back home for two months and take summer classes, albeit online. One of my classes is another historical printing process course and thus requires a darkroom. I had looked into the Buffalo area and tried to find a community darkroom at a University or community arts center with no luck. Being
There were three main issues that I needed to resolve before committing to this project.
1. Light tight. My parents have six glass block windows that sit ground level to let light come through into the basement. I had to figure out a way to cover them up in a semi-permanent way. This was the easiest problem to solve once I bought this product. Blackout plastic. Easy to cut, easy to put up with some black ducktape and easy to remove when the time comes.
2. Chemical disposal. I had to figure out what processes I am going to use this summer and how to properly dispose of any excess chemicals. In my case, I will be working with historical processes that are mostly water based developing. (Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate and Van Dyke Brown) In the case with VDB, any used fixer that I accumulate will be properly labeled and sent to a local photo lab for disposal.
3. Exposure. Figuring out how to create and control UV exposure was my biggest problem. Working outside with sunlight is too unpredictable, so I knew I'd need an Ultraviolet exposure unit. I looked into buying one but was shocked by the hefty price tag. ($600+) So I enlisted my father to help me put together a simple box with two ballasts attached to the top and a front swinging door. (I'll put together a post on how he made it tomorrow!)
With these three problems solved, the rest was just a lot of elbow grease, pushing random things into corners of the basement, and avoiding the scary amount of spiders.
And since I have no photographs to illustrate anything of this above [yet], I leave you all with a photograph of my dinner tonight. Pizza on the grill! Jim Lahey's dough recipe here.