Darkroom Mark II, and on to Mk III

BUILDER, a very talkative builder, has just left and he is going to do the deed, SOON

So, and useable by friends who are willing to travel this far for a few days, the Darkroom Mark II will be working in about ten days. Even smarter than it was twenty years ago, and more logical

Darkroom Mk III will occur in the Spring, be extended deeper into the shed and have an island wet bench so that big prints can be handled by two people from both sides . Also, if the extension is taken forty inches further, a narrow dry bench for the 120 and 35mm enlargers can go in on the other side of the wet bench leaving heaps of space for big sheets of paper and stuff either side of the 10×8″ and 5×4″ enlargers

This set-up would also make the place perfect for group tuition, but I don’t think my patience is up to that any more, as some of you might have noted

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Peace, Calm and Equanimity

There are few things that cause me annoyance. One of them is people wanting me to engage in idle banter when I am working, especially with large format

Working in the recent fire ground with a Linhof, rapidly changing light and the difficulties of working with LF in a disastrously dusty and windy environment a Grey Nomad caravan stopped near the ute. People got out, one brought out a DSLR and started wandering towards me in MY landscape. Rae tried to head her off and told her the light was changing rapidly, I was busy and that the fire ground was dangerous, especially to anyone wearing thongs/flip-flops on their feet. This one was not going to be put off and she waddled on “What camera is that?” I waived her away, at which point she stole a snap of me and the Linhof. Driven away without politeness

Another time a caravan stopped when I was digging in the garden and a Grey Nomad jumped out, strode through my garden and started to photograph the house and the outside of my darkroom. When I challenged her she said she was “A fine art photographer who liked to photograph derelict buildings in the country”. Also riven away without politeness, but after a few moments her husband started to get out of the car, amazing how a long handled garden fork can make a Grey Nomad retreat

Usually these days Rae heads such people off when I am working, gives them a card and warmly suggests that if they are interested I will be finished in a very few minutes and would be glad to talk about what I am doing and show them the image in the back of the camera. Sales have come from these encounters, so I am generally welcoming. Once the dark slide is in the cool box and the exposure logged I become my normal calm and engaging self, all gentleness and light, peacefulness, warmth and engagement