On new experiences


Venus de Milo

My darkroom class began on Monday evening and since this blog is mostly about my documenting those experiences that are new and exciting for me, I thought I would post a little something about it.

First of all, signing up for the class itself was a huge step for me. I don’t know if you people realize this but I am super (super) shy. Painfully so. I think when people look at me they don’t assume this about me (for whatever reason) and they get the idea that I might be stand-offish but the reality is that, inside, I am all hand-sweaty and heart-beaty because I am Miss Introvert to the Nth degree. So I signed up for the class and, I swear, I heard this big applause in my head because I have been wanting to do this for at least a year and I FINALLY did it.

Another milestone for me was that I FINALLY developed a roll of film. I have taken several darkroom classes in my time and, for some reason, have always been afraid to develop film. The printing part of it has been fine, it’s the film developing that has always eluded me. I always made someone develop my film for me. So the fact that I actually DID it was pretty huge and I am very proud of myself.

I developed more Paris photos, two of which were the photos you see in this post, the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. I scanned a few of the negatives this morning so I could see how they turned out. I was going to wait until next week when we make our contact sheets but I am impatient.

So yes! Fun times! I get to use the darkroom at Newspace as much as I want this month for free and I intend to do just that so I can get this whole process down in my brainz.

Next week we learn how to make prints.

Winged Victory of Samothrace