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I'm building a traditional black & white wet darkroom in my new home so I can continue my photographic work
I'm building a traditional black & white wet darkroom in my new home so I can continue my photographic work
9 backers pledged £1,000 to help bring this project to life.

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I've been a black & white film photographer for almost a decade and in that time I've built up a working darkroom in my home (this is shown in the video). Two months ago, I moved house and I now need to build a new darkroom so I can continue my work.

After the build is completed, I will make sure the photographic community benefits from the investment by opening the darkroom to the public for a modest fee and advertising it on Local Darkroom.

Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Cathedral

The new darkroom will be equipped to handle:

  • Black & white negative and reversal processing
  • Film processing from Super 8 up to 5x4" in tanks (larger in trays) 
  • Enlargement from negatives up to 5x4"
  • Contact printing from larger negatives than 5x4"
  • Printing up to 16x12" in trays
  • Printing up to 24x20" in troughs
  • Toning 
Devon
Devon

I already have all the darkroom equipment I need, but I need your help with the up-front construction costs. I have a garage which will make an ideal space, but it needs insulation, worktops, electricity and plumbing to be installed. I will be doing as much of the work myself as possible, to keep costs down but I will still need to buy materials and employ a builder for some tasks.

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral

 

Risks and challenges

I'm already part-way into this project: I already have the equipment, the consumables and the space. I just need to make the space suitable and this needs minor construction and fitting-out work.

As soon as the darkroom is up and running, I'll start contacting backers and distributing the rewards!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Be part of the darkroom

    Have your name included in a list of backers, written on the wall behind the plasterboard in the new darkroom.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    Have your film processed

    I will hand-process one black & white film for you - 35mm, 120 or up to 4 sheets of 5x4". You'll get the negatives back and digital scans too.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $39

    Receive a 10x8" print

    Receive a 10x8" black & white silver gelatin print from my darkroom. We'll discuss choosing one of the negatives from my catalogue, or using one of your negatives.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $64

    Receive a 16x12" print

    Receive a 16x12" black & white silver gelatin print from my darkroom. We'll discuss choosing one of the negatives from my catalogue, or using one of your negatives.

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    Pledge £60 or more About $77

    Use the darkroom

    After completion, come and use the darkroom in Bristol for up to half a day. You'll be able to process film and make prints.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $129

    Have your portrait taken (10x8")

    Meet with me and I'll take your portrait using a professional medium format camera. After the shoot, I'll develop and print your portrait on 10x8" silver-gelatin paper and send it to you.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $161

    Have your portrait taken (16x12")

    Meet with me and I'll take your portrait using a professional medium format camera. After the shoot, I'll develop and print your portrait on 16x12" silver-gelatin paper and send it to you.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $193

    Receive darkroom tuition

    Never used a darkroom before? Come and visit me and I'll show you how to darkroom for half a day. We'll process film, make prints and use toners. I'll answer any questions you have.

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