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December 14, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Visual Diary – November 2014 – India Spice

276/365/2014 - Packed
276/365/2014 – Packed
Pretty much fully packed at this stage. A few last minute bits to grab but we are almost fully ready.
The photos for the next few weeks should have a more Indian feel to them.

277/365/2014 - Freaks
277/365/2014 – Freaks
Pre travel nerves has made us feel a bit freaky.
All set – no turning back now. Early flights means an early night.

278/365/2014 - Hey Ho Off We Go
278/365/2014 – Hey Ho Off We Go
At the airport all checked in and so very excited. First flight is to Dubai then a shorter connection to Hyderbad

279/365/2014 - Arrival
279/365/2014 – Arrival
Wheels down, flights were fine. I caught up on movies on the plane. Guardians of the Galaxy was fun and I sort of wish I had caught it in the cinema. Edge of tomorrow was crap and was about 1.5 hours too long. I also watched Frank – a fictional tail of the life of Frank side bottom told by Jon Ronson. Music was great.
First impressions of India, I will love this place. Hectic!!
Hair cut planned for later in the morning/ evening. My body is confused about the time.

Qutub Shahi Tombs
279(b)/365/2014 – Qutub Shahi Tombs
Jet-lag, confusion and a missing day.

280/365/2014 - Romiji FilmCity
280/365/2014 – Romiji Film City
Romiji film city is a purpose built movie studio and grounds set on 2000 acres.

281/365/2014 - Rythu Bazan
281/365/2014 – Rythu Bazan
An amazing place, the sounds, smells and colours had my head spinning. I was a bit nervous of photography at first but then a woman with a small crying child pointed at my camera and said to the baby that if he did not stop crying there would be no pic, that was my opening and I ceased it. Two rolls of film where shot here. This is about as trigger happy as i get.

282/365/2014 - Amber Fort to Jaigarh Fort
282/365/2014 – Amber Fort to Jaigarh Fort
We walked the the walls of the fort in the baking heat. The view was spectacular. The second fort was much calmer and had way less tourists and the views of the city made the journey worthwhile.

283/365/2014 - The Royal Albert Jaipur
283/365/2014 – The Royal Albert Jaipur
The sunsets on our last evening in Jaipur and the birds return home. I have loved the pink city, it is truly beautiful.

284/365/2014 - Trains
284/365/2014 – Trains
Leaving Jaipur for Agra today, 6 hours on the train to look forward to. The station is crazy….so very many people but somehow it all seems to work.

285/365/2014 - Taj Mahal
285/365/2014 – Taj Mahal
A 6am start to try and beat the crowds and enjoy the fresh morning before the sunrises. I have looked at pictures of this place for so long I really was unsure what to expect. I loved it.

There is a heavy haze in the air in Agra but still I enjoyed the sights. I fear that if no effort is made to sort the local air pollution problems it will become impossible to see the Taj from a distance.

286/365/2014 - Fatepur Sikiri
286/365/2014 – Fatepur Sikiri
Our last day in Agra and a trip out to the abandoned city. Beautiful buildings and wide open spaces had us shade dodging for the afternoon. Lo found a pleasant spot to sit and rest.

287/365/2014 - Sunset on the Ganges
287/365/2014 – Sunset on the Ganges
Our sleeper train was half an hour late leaving Agra and four hours late arriving in Varanasi. India is so big, Ireland so small, this kind of bends my brain.
We had a total of 14 hours on the train. I slept a bit but was restless but this evenings view in our new city made it all worthwhile.

288/365/2014 - The Alleys of Varanasi
288/365/2014 – The Alleys of Varanasi
We spent about 5 hours wandering the alleyways of the city today. Since we arrived in India I have been missing my walks (generally I walk 10 to 15 km everyday) but the narrow streets offered respite from the biting sun and allowed for strolls and interesting photo opportunities.

289/365/2014 - A Well Worn Cap
289/365/2014 – A Well Worn Cap
The kindness, hospitality and generosity that has been shown to us during our time in India has been overwhelming.

The hat I am wearing in this photo was bought about ten years ago during a trip to the US. It has been a common sight on my head in the intervening decade. It has been with me all over Europe and has visited most of Ireland with me.

At some point not long after our arrival in India I lost the cap. This was no big loss as the only notable features of the hat are that it fits my odd shaped head and I have had it a long time. Losing it was only a concern as the direct sun on my head can be uncomfortable but beyond that I was mostly unaffected by its absence.

Today we arrived in New Delhi and met with many of Nikhi’s extended family and friends. The cap had been left in the back of Nik’s fathers car and was sent by courier so it would be waiting for me in New Delhi. This hat traveled 1500km across India to be on my head tonight. This is no small feat arranged by people that only recently got to meet me in person. I am glad to have my scruffy old hat back but I am even happier to be able to call these people my friends.

290/365/2014 - Silly Silhouette
290/365/2014 – Silly Silhouette
Sometimes its fun to ignore the obvious photo choices. Behind me in this location is one of the most beautiful buildings in Delhi.

291/365/2014 - Delhi Metro
291/365/2014 – Delhi Metro
If you asked me to sum up India in a single word I would call you an idiot and tell you to leave me alone. But if you persisted I would say “people” they are everywhere here.
This is a snap shot from inside one of the Metro stations. This was well after what would be considered rush hour but still the station was thronged with people.

292/365/2014 - Delhi Morning
292/365/2014 – Delhi Morning
A birds eye view from our accommodation in New Delhi.

I’m loving this place and the people we meet. They say Ireland is the land of a thousand welcomes – well this place has a billion people that want to make you feel at home.

293/365/2014 - Street Food Binge
293/365/2014 – Street Food Binge
Stuffed myself silly with Paranthe, between the two of us we tried the following flavours – garden pea, mint, paneer, ladyfingers, mixed veg, and bitter gourd.
A staggering array of flavours, each one a vivid treat.

294/365/2014 - Auto Rickshaws
294/365/2014 – Auto Rickshaws
I have no idea of how many of these are in the cities of India but it is a very exciting way to travel.

295/365/2014 - Akshardham
295/365/2014 – Akshardham
One of the main benefits of traveling with people that are so interested in photography means that regardless of where you are it’s possible to get a nice memento to remember the special day. At the entrance to the Askhardham complex you are required to divest yourself of all worldly possessions including cameras, phones and any other image capturing devices.

It is a beautiful grounds to stroll around and spend some time in quiet contemplation. With no cameras with us we feared that the memory would be trapped forever in our brain dungeons, fortunately there is strategically placed photographers in the grounds that can take a snap shot for pick-up as you exit through the gift shop.

I have edited this shot slightly to reduce the shine on our pasty faces but the original will be framed and mounted once we reach Dublin and will be available for public viewing in the main gallery.

Nikhilesh thought that it would not be possible to capture his full awesomeness and decided to give the photo op a miss.

296/365/2014 - Transport
296/365/2014 – Transport
It is our last evening in ‎India and this city is so very modern, very cosmopolitan that I was concerned that I had looked my last on what this crazy country has to offer. Where we are staying is very calm and has offered a relaxing break before we return to work and normality. So what a strange and wonderful thing it is to drive down a busy city street in New Delhi and spot an elephant on the other side of the road.

Thank you India you have been wonderful.

297/365/2014 - Home Times
297/365/2014 – Home Times
On a plane again this time heading home. So sad to be leaving, I will miss my daily read of the Times of India.

298/365/2014 - Howth Pier
298/365/2014 – Howth Pier
Back to normality but a few more days away from the office has allowed for a stroll in Howth to get used to the drop in temperature

299/365/2014 - Walkies
299/365/2014 – Walkies

300/365/2014 - Delayed Gratification
300/365/2014 – Delayed Gratification
So there it is the sum total of my Black and White film adventures in India. Normally when I shoot film I make an effort to develop it as soon as possible but I have been letting these sit on a shelf in my darkroom.

These 10 rolls will yield about 375 frames and at the moment I can delude myself as to the quality of the photos I took. The light was perfect, the locations amazing and until the development I can believe that these are some of the best pictures I have ever taken.

The trip was wonderful, the people, the food, the streets and the history has made it a truly wonderful experience. This is also one of the reasons that I’m slow to see what is on these rolls. I’m worried that the results will not even come close to echoing the experience.

301/365/2014 - Paul Strand
301/365/2014 – Paul Strand
Books for inspiration.

302/365/2014 - Sunrise Portmarnock Strand
302/365/2014 – Sunrise Portmarnock Strand
Good weather and being awake early converged to allow a quick trip to the beach.

303/365/2014 - Dev Club
303/365/2014 – Dev Club
Finally starting to make an effort to clear the film backlog caused by the trip to India.

I love the smell of fix in the morning.

November 27, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Delayed Gratification – India on Film

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So there it is the sum total of my Black and White film adventures in India. Normally when I shoot film I make an effort to develop it as soon as possible but I have been letting these sit on a shelf in my darkroom.

These 10 rolls will yield about 375 frames and at the moment I can delude myself as to the quality of the photos I took. The light was perfect, the locations amazing and until the development I can believe that these are some of the best pictures I have ever taken.

The trip was wonderful, the people, the food, the streets and the history has made it a truly wonderful experience. This is also one of the reasons that I’m slow to see what is on these rolls. I’m worried that the results will not even come close to echoing the experience.

November 25, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Pointing My Pinhole at People

Self Portrait at Mullaghmeen

Sometimes when I go digging through my archives I start to notice interesting patterns in my photography. Todays surprise revelation is that I shoot mostly landscapes with my pinhole camera but more often than not there is at least a single frame with something resembling a portrait. Very often it is a self portrait.

I have no specific memory of making a concerted effort to add an human element to the pinhole shots but people keep popping up frame after frame.

Some of these shots I might have posted before but I think this is the first time I have connected them in a single location. Camera, film or paper details have been noted where I have records.

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Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f138
Exposure: 15 Seconds

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Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f138
Exposure:8 seconds

Pinhole Self Assisted by Dog

Camera:Homemade Pinhole
Paper: Harmen Direct Positive Paper at 3 ISO
Filter: Ilford Multigrade 0 Filter (Yellow)
Pinhole:0.6mm
Focal Length:103mm(ish)
Aperture:f172
Exposure:1min
Dev: Ilford Multigrade

A Walk in the Woods

Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Pinhole:0.3mm
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f167
Exposure:25 seconds

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Pinholga Camera
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Film Swap with Monica

Malahide Castle - Pinhole

Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f138
Exposure:15 Mins

Pinhole464inverted

Camera:Homemade Pinhole
Paper: Ilford MG IV Rated at 6 ISO
Pinhole:0.6mm
Focal Length:103mm(ish)
Aperture:f172
Exposure:12mins
Dev: Ilford Multigrade

LUN

Film: Fomapan 100
Pinhole:0.3mm
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f167
Exposure:2 seconds
Dev: Adox Adonal 1+100 60min Semi Stand

Holiday Snaps - Pinhole

Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f138
Exposure: 20 seconds

Pin Hole

Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Pinhole:0.3mm
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f167
Exposure:25 seconds

Into Dust - Pinhole Self

Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Pinhole:0.3mm
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f167
Exposure: 30 seconds

Pinhole Portrait

Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Ilford FP4
Dev: Agfa Studional 1+ 50 (11 mins 20c)
Pinhole:0.3mm
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f167
Exposure:55 seconds

Journey - Paper Negative (Inverted)

Camera:Homemade Pinhole
Paper: Ilford MG IV Rated at 6 ISO
Pinhole:0.6mm
Focal Length:103mm(ish)
Aperture:f172
Exposure:25mins
Dev: Ilford Multigrade

Cuddles in the Kitchen (Paper Negative) - Inverted

Camera:Homemade Pinhole
Paper: Ilford MG IV Rated at 6 ISO
Pinhole:0.6mm
Focal Length:103mm(ish)
Aperture:f172
Exposure:12mins
Dev: Ilford Multigrade

Pin-holing In the Park
Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Dev: DigiBase C41 Kit – Past its best.
Pinhole:0.3mm
Focal Length:50mm
Aperture:f167
Exposure: 3 mins

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Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Dev: Adox Adonal
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f138
Exposure: 10 Seconds

November 18, 2014 / Aware of the Void

The Day I Licked a Rupee

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From the time we told people that we had planned to travel in India nearly the first thing that people told us is that we would get sick – stomach or bowel trouble.
We are now in the last week of our travels and with the exception of a few occasions where the food was so delicious and bountiful that I massively overate to be comfortable, we have escaped all the fabled illnesses.
I think a big part of staving off any potential harm is to be sensible in what you eat. Basic advice is, peel it, boil it, cook it or forget it!

All food and tap water in the world contains microscopic bacteria that will potentially cause stomach problems. In our home country we have built up a tolerance to the microbes but when you visit somewhere different it is a whole new world of tiny problems waiting to upset your guts.

Since we arrived we have avoided tap water, salads and fresh fruits and no ice in any drinks. Occasionally this has been a bit embarrassing when food and drink has been offered to us in the spirit of hospitality but once we explain about our weak western stomachs we are forgiven.

We have eaten street food where there is lots of locals eating so that the food is being freshly cooked. I have favoured places to eat where you can see the cooking in process and can be confident that it has not been sitting for long.

During our short stay here we seem to be picking up a tolerance to the local bacteria which is allowing us to be adventurous in our food choices with no ill effect. The food is fantastic and I will be attempting many of the dishes at home.

During the entire trip I have been taking snap shots with my phone as part of my visual diary. We were travelling by auto-rickshaw and I pulled my phone out of my pocket to capture yet another adventurous journey. One hand was grappling with the frame of the Auto to stop me getting flung out the door and the other was trying to use the camera phone. When I pulled the phone from my pocket there was a 1 Rupee coin stuck to the cover obstructing the button – with no free hand I instinctively pulled the coin away with my teeth…..and there it was the distinct flavour of a thousand sweaty palms and a million trouser pockets.

The 1 Rupee coin, as far as I know, is the lowest denomination coin in circulation in India. It is so low that there is no Euro equivalent. I have no way of knowing how many people have touched the coin but as soon as I realised what I had done it tasted like all 1 billion people had at some stage fingered the coin in a greasy palm.

Having avoided illness for the whole trip I assumed that this would be the end of me, laid up in bed for days, liquid ejecting from both ends but to date I can report that I have had no adverse effect from what has become know as – The Day I Licked the Rupee.

November 16, 2014 / Aware of the Void

A Well Travelled Hat

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The kindness, hospitality and generosity that has been shown to us during our time in India has been overwhelming.
The hat I am wearing in this photo was bought about ten years ago during a trip to the US. It has been a common sight on my head in the intervening decade. It has been with me all over Europe and has visited most of Ireland with me.
At some point not long after our arrival in India I lost the cap. This was no big loss as the only notable features of the hat are that it fits my odd shaped head and I have had it a long time. Losing it was only a concern as the direct sun on my head can be uncomfortable but beyond that I was unaffected by its absence.
Today we arrived in New Delhi and met with many of Nikihi’s extended family and friends. The cap had been left in the back of his fathers car and was sent by courier so it would be waiting for me in New Delhi.
This hat traveled 1500km across India to be on my head tonight. This is no small feat arranged by people that only recently got to meet me in person. I am glad to have my scruffy old hat back but I am even happier to be able to call these people my friends.

November 2, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Visual Diary – October 2014

245/365/2014 - Dainty Daisy

245/365/2014 – Dainty Daisy
It’s time to say goodbye to the last of the Summer flowers – October has started and there is a bite in the air.

246/365/2014 - Make the Print
246/365/2014 – Make the Print
Is it possible to teach the basics of darkroom printing in 1hr? The surprising answer is yes! My first session with the DUPA crowd in TCD. It is a fun way to spend a Thursday evening and it is nice to see people taking an interest in the process.

247/365/2014 - Media
247/365/2014 – Media

248/365/365 - Darragh
248/365/365 – Darragh

Computer games, robot making and a walk along the cliffs filled my weekend when my nephew came to stay. What a great kid!

When I look at this picture of him it is like traveling back in time – he looks so much like the older brother that I remember from my childhood it is really strange to see that guy again. We have both changed a lot in the last 30 years.

249/365/2014 -Mullaghmeen
249/365/2014 -Mullaghmeen
A magical walk in an enchanting forest was organised by the APUG guys. I snapped a few shots with my iPhone and spent the rest of the morning hauling my tripod and Mamiya around the woods – great spot worthy of a revisit.

250/365/2014 - Liberty
250/365/2014 – Liberty
Dublin looking well for October

251/365/2014 - Boots
251/365/2014 – Boots
Imagine a boot stamping on a human face – -forever……………did you imagine my shiny new hipster safety boots.

252/365/2014 - DUPA Printing
252/365/2014 – DUPA Printing
DUPA darkroom session 2. I am trying to give a very, very basic introduction to darkroom printing in the space of an hour. So far everyone has left with a print they made themselves. It is refreshing in the era of digital photography that a university photographic association is still interested in the darkroom process.

253/365/2014 - Red - Red
253/365/2014 – Red – Red
The main thing this winter is to match your phone cover with your hat.

254/265/2014 - Happy Birthday Pauline
254/265/2014 – Happy Birthday Pauline
It is always nice to have a family event to catch up with everybody.
Lolo’s aunty had a big surprise birthday.

255/365/2014 - Flow
255/365/2014 – Flow
Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Neopan 100 Acros
Lens:Nikon 50mm 1.8
Dev: Rodinal R09 Special
Scan:Epson V330

256/365/2014 - Reds

256/365/2014 – Reds
The train stations of Ireland have some real beauty spots if you can look beyond the barbed wire.

257/365/2014 - Context
257/365/2014 – Context
I managed to get one last look at the sculpture in context in the botanical gardens. This one was magnetic.

258/365/2014 - Plans
258/365/2014 – Plans
Trying to get my head around the up coming travel plans and deciding if I need to pack a jumper – I’m guessing no!

259/365/2014 - Brewed

259/365/2014 – Brewed
A sneaky pint on a school night to have a look at the new decor in the all new Cock and Bull pub.

260/365/2014 - Boobless

260/365/2014 – Boobless
I don’t often use a calculator but when I do I try a bit of creative typing. It’s a classic.

261/365/2014 - Artisan Camera

261/365/2014 – Artisan Camera
Inspiration and ideas, “Artisan Camera – Studio Photography from Central India” I ordered this so long ago (June 2014) that I forgot it was on the way. The portraits are great and each one is a beautiful vignette. Well worth a look if you are interested in portraiture.

262/365/2014 - ISPG

262/365/2014 – ISPG
Irish Street Photography Group ready to descend on Dublin
Once a month Des Byrne organises a street photography meet up – It is a great way to spend a Saturday morning and there is always a nice bunch of people.

You can find the results of some of these outings on the groups flickr page – this is heavily moderated so the standard is pretty high.

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263/365/2014 - Henna

263/365/2014 – Henna
I had never seen anyone getting Henna done it was incredible to see such an intricate design being hand drawn.

264/365/2014 - Make Prints
264/365/2014 – Make Prints
A new print from an old negative. Taken somewhere on the west coast of Ireland on a rainy day.

Camera:Nikon F100
Film: Neopan 100 Acros
Lens:Nikon 50mm 1.8
Dev: Rodinal R09 Special
Paper: Ilford Multigrade IV RC

265/365/2014 - Flow
265/365/2014 – Flow
A day trapped behind a PC has left me craving the outdoors so I decided to virtually visit the outside world.

266/365/2014 - Sunset
266/365/2014 – Sunset
This time of year the sunsets are early but they make up for that by occasionally being spectacular.

267/365/2014 - Deepavali

267/365/2014 – Deepavali
Life is a funny thing, two years ago I did not know much about India, Sri Lanka or Singapore and now I find that i am filling my house with people to help them celebrate their festivals.
We made a Biryani and Kuzhambu – Stuffed again!

268/365/2014 - Depth of Field
268/365/2014 – Depth of Field
A little worms eye view of the world this season. Sometimes it can be nice to aim low with my photography.

269/365/2014 - Lough Dan
269/365/2014 – Lough Dan
If I could I would take this stroll every day. It was a nice time of year to visit. From where we park you can trace the route of the river and see where it joins the lake. This is the route we walk and it seems a bit further than it feels when you walk it.

270/365/2014 - Bat Capatti

270/365/2014 – Bat Chapati
It is nice to know people with the talent to make this food but being able to fashion it into the Bat signal was a nice bonus.

271/365/2014 - C41 Home Development
271/365/2014 – C41 Home Development
Anything bigger than 135 colour film I develop at home. I pretty much have my system down and get consistent results. Here my chemistry is having a water bath to get the temperature right.

272/365/2014 - Witches Abroad
272/365/2014 – Witches Abroad
A spooky photo session with the Smena group tonight. It is always great when people get involved and play along.
Loads of people brought props and many where happy to pose. I took a lot on my phone but liked the humour in this one the most.

273/365/2014 - Packing
273/365/2014 – Packing
Looking through the stash to see if I need to buy more film for the India trip. I have decided that I should have enough but still I have a few days left to fully decide so no panic just yet.

274/365/2014 - The Things we Do for Love
274/365/2014 – The Things we Do for Love
I am currently transporting a mint lemonade from the city centre to my home in the suburbs – This is because my wife really likes this drink and I ate my dinner in the one place in the city that i know sells them. Arriving home without it was not really an option.

275/365/2014 - Drive by Shooting
275/365/2014 – Drive by Shooting
Working late to get my desk cleared before disappearing for the next few weeks means that this is about all I will see of the Festivities this year.

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors die of fright
It’s our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

October 27, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Making a Print in the DUPA Darkroom

If you are a current member of the Dublin University Photographic Association you have access to two fully equipped photographic darkrooms.  It is worthwhile availing of the facilities and giving traditional darkroom printing a try. This post should shepherd you from the process of booking the darkroom to drying your final print.

 

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1. Booking the Darkroom

There is a sign up sheet in the front arch pinned to the DUPA notice board. Pick your slots and put your name down.

DUPA Darkroom2. Collect the key at your allotted time

The keys for both darkrooms are kept in the security office – on presentation of your DUPA card and a photo ID you can get the keys. Your DUPA card will be kept until you return the keys.

3. Finding the Atrium Darkroom

This is possibly the most difficult aspect of printing in the DUPA darkroom. The atrium darkroom is hidden next to the committee room in the lower reaches of the atrium next to the dining hall. The easiest way to find it is to aim for the cash machine next to the dining hall go up the steps and keep going until you find a door. Enter the atrium and go down the stairs. Go through the double doors and the committee room is on the left hand side as you walk towards the toilets. The darkroom is next to the committee room. If you found it well done!

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4. Chemistry

When you enter the darkroom you will find black concertina bottles filled with all the pre-mixed chemistry you will need for basic printing. These are made fresh every Monday and so far every-time I have used the room they have been in good condition and ready to use. There are lots of bottles of chemicals, stop, fix and developer if you do need to mix these fresh for yourself. The instructions are on the bottles.

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5. Trays

Pour your chemicals into the trays provided, they are labelled Dev, Stop and Fix the fourth tray is for water, once you have developed, stopped and fixed your print you can rest your print in the water  before your final rinse.


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6. The Enlarger

Insert your negative into the negative carrier. You should place it with the shiny side facing up. Turn on the focus light using the timer switch.

You can adjust the size of the picture you want to print using the easel to crop the frame and using the handle on the right you can make the image larger or smaller. When you have the picture you want you can use the focus knob to sharpen the image. I find if I place a sheet of paper on the easel it makes it very easy to see the picture. There is an aperture adjustment on the lens – in the DUPA darkroom i have been setting this to f4 for most of the prints and it is giving short exposure times and sharp images, as you practice more you will see a benefit in adjusting this to allow for longer exposure times.

There is a colour head on the enlarger that can be used to take advantage of split grade printing and other creative opportunities but that is best explored once you have the basics.

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7. The Timer

You can use the timer to turn on the focus light to arrange you composition and find your focus. The + and – buttons are used to set the exposure time and when you have you sheet of paper ready to go you hit the big button to start the timer and turn on the light.

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8. Making a test print

In order to find the correct exposure time for your shot it can be helpful to make a test print using different exposure times. This will let you see what effect using more or less light can have on your final image. Place your paper under the enlarger and make a base exposure for the entire sheet – my base exposure above was 10 seconds. You then cover the page with cardboard and set the timer for 1 second. Move the card along the page in 2cm gabs to give a selection of exposures. In my example above after the initial base exposure I then exposed at an additional 1 second for each of the gaps to give an idea of the correct exposure. Looking at my test print I determined the correct exposure to be around 15 seconds.

9. Develop, Stop and Fix

Take your print from the enlarger and glide it into the tray of developer. You should start to see an image after about 15 seconds and after about 30 seconds – depending on how fresh the chemistry is your print should be fully developed. Using the tongs lift your print and put it into the stop bath for about 20 seconds. Then you can move it into the next tray – this is the fixer and once you have left the print in here about 60 seconds you should be able to turn on the lights and have a look at your print.

Prints86110. Making your Final Print

It is very similar to making the test print but instead you expose the entire page from the time you have determined using your test print. Then develop, stop and fix as above. For my final prints I always fix for a full 5 minutes and then move them to a water bath where I will rinse a bunch of them at the same time. You need to rinse them for long enough to wash away any residual chemistry. The rinse times for fiber papers are much longer than the resin coasted paper.

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11. Drying your Prints

You can either hang your prints to dry on the line above the sink or if you are in a hurry you can use the print dryer on the counter by the door. This can only be used for resin coated paper. You turn it on, set the temperature and when it has warned up you can insert your prints into the rollers and they will appear on the other side already dry.

12. Clean Up

It is always best to leave the room how you would like to find it, pour the chemistry back into the correct bottles, wash out all the trays and tongs, clean up any spillages. Turn off the lights and fans, lock the door and go home.

This has been a rough guide to making a print in the DUPA darkroom and it gives a very basic overview but my hope is that there is enough information here to let you make you own prints without over-complicating it. Feel free to ask me questions here or post them on the DUPA Facebook page and I will try to answer what I can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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