Getting Hands On With Film

“Back-to-basics living is about becoming more self-sufficient.  Call it homesteading or simply re-learning the age-old skills of being able to do things yourself instead of always relying on someone else or something else that’s mass-produced.” ~The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Two and a half years ago, I took a couple of darkroom classes at my local community college.  See, I’m kind of a control freak.  I shoot my camera in manual mode all the time.  I drive a car with a manual transmission because I don’t want a machine making decisions for me.  I learned to spin my own yarn just so I could create something absolutely and completely handmade.  So it’s no surprise that I had to learn how to develop and print my own film.  But I hadn’t processed any film in over a year.  My developing tank was collecting dust.  I needed to get back to basics.

I have a nice stack of expired Tri-X film in my refrigerator that I need to start working my way through.  I wondered how it would turn out.  I also have a big jug of developer that just expired, so I thought I’d better get busy using it up.  When I’m burning to shoot something and the temperatures are below zero in February, the boys are going to get photographed.  That’s just the way it is.  So I ran my roll of film through my good old Nikon FM and mixed up my chemicals.  The magic of developing my own film will never get old for me.  It feels good to create something from start to finish.  Now all I need to do is get my darkroom built so I can totally complete the process and make my own prints!

It’s blog circle time!  I hope you’ll follow the circle all the way around to see what my film friends have been up to this month.  Next is Jennifer Capozzola.

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I created these images with my Nikon FM and Kodak Tri-X400 expired 1998.  These were developed and scanned by me.

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