Today in the darkroom was one of the most stressful days that I've experienced in a long time. Enlarger after enlarger that I attempted to work on were messed up. I finally found an enlarger that projected my negative in a manner which allowed my image to be visible, but I'd never worked on it before so I didn't know the settings for it nor could I find the proper filters that went with that enlarger. Apparently, they were stashed away in a drawer - we have a shelf for that? Why the heck are filters been stashed in a drawer?! Who knows... >_>.
Nonetheless, I also went into the darkroom with only two pieces of paper left. Talk about setting myself up for failure. Luckily, there were a couple of people gracious enough to lend me paper so I could attempt to make prints before the day's critique. The prints I made were very sub-par to what I know I'm capable of and compared to what I've done before, but it was a stressful morning fiddling around with broken enlargers on a time crunch with - what started out being - only two pieces of paper.
Good news resulted from all of my mishaps today. I discovered that I can scan my negatives onto the computer and make prints out of them that way or display them digitally, I don't have to be in the darkroom if I don't want to. And to be honest I looooove the idea of this, because I want to be able to show off my prints digitally and post them online - and if I need to make them into a print, so be it.
- I'm a Guilford College graduate with a B.S. in Criminal Justice; I minored in Visual Arts Photography. My blog tracks the highs and lows of my experience in a Film Photography course during the Spring of 2013 and up to the present, as I delve into digital photography. I may even include other mediums of art such as acrylic paint, graphite drawings, etc. I'll talk about my experiences snapping photos or simply snapping from frustration as well as my successes and failures, tips and tricks that I've learned, and exploring the photography/art world through the lens of a Black woman.