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I learned on Friday that Newspace Center For Photography closed permanently. It was all of a sudden with no warning at all. I am still gutted whenever I think about it. It was a big part of my routine when I went to Portland. Drop my husband off at work. go to Newspace and print for an hour. And now it’s gone. I still can hardly believe it. I had to drive by on Monday to see if it was true, and, alas, there is a big “For Lease” sign in the window. I didn’t have a heart to take a photo of that. It just made me too sad.

Newspace ¬†has played such an big role in my creative development. It was where I learned how to develop film. It was where I was introduced to pinhole photography. I have spent hours in their darkroom. I have used their studio and their high quality scanners. I have felt so much gratitude that I had access to all of this. I have bragged about them to others and taken out of town visitors there to show them around the place. I’ve taken classes there. I enjoyed the amazing artwork that graced the walls.

I am feeling at a loss and so very empty. It feels like a good friend has died. All of this can never be replaced. I think the community can cobble together things like a community darkroom, but to have all of these things in one place was an amazing treasure that I took for granted. And now it’s gone.

Here are some photos I took there over the years. Some are pinhole, some are iPhone snaps.


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