Last year I began to think that in 2012 I’d like to start developing and printing my own film again – the last time I did this was in the early 1990s – and today this came a little step closer. Someone offered a traditional darkroom enlarger on Freegle last week, and I requested it. The owner got back to me to say that I could have it.
So today I went to collect it. She’s a lovely lady, whose late husband had been the one-time president of the Edinburgh Photographic Society. He had made mainly black and white photographs.
There is something wonderful about “inheriting” something like this – it comes with a history, with baggage, and I really look forward to trying it out. Even if all I do at the moment is some manual printing from black and white film and leave the developing for later, that will be exciting. I hope to be able to suitably honour her late husband’s enlarger. I think I know what at least some of my free evenings during my mid-semester teaching break might be used for…
PS results – presuming they’re any good – to be posted here in due course!