For many years, a crucial part of my photographic process was quite literally the chemical processing of my black & white negatives.
Having loaded film onto reels in darkness, and spent 25 minutes to an hour pouring fluids into and out of tanks, there would be a moment of truth . . .
Often the film will have held latent image from expeditions far and wide. Here were moments captured on silver halide, but until this second never before seen.
As I opened the tanks, I’d be wondering, ‘What was on the film?’
Did I capture what I was hoping too? Were my exposures correct?
I peel off the film from the reels dripping wet and hold them to the light.
The negatives would tell me in an instant what I wanted to know.
Then came the arduous, but necessary steps of drying, sleeving, and then, if I got to it, printing the negatives.
Learn more about how I processed film: Black & White revisited; Old Tech for a New Era part 2—Secrets Revealed!
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