Analog Photography, Forgotten Magic

Graceful By Graceful, 13th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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With the digital photography, do kids know anything about how the old masters did it? A school in Norway got the chance to try the old way of taking pictures.

Working in a darkroom

Have you ever worked in or watched someone working in a darkroom? Have you seen a photo appearing on paper just like magic? I used to have my own darkroom with a cheap Russian enlarger. The room was really tiny with black curtains to keep the light out. I could barely fit the bath trays with the different liquids developer, stop bath and fix. But when I entered this little closet of mine time stopped and the magic began!

I also worked in a professional lab for a few months. We developed and printed black and white photos for professional photographers. I loved the job, but there was actually a real world outside that didn’t stop although it often felt that way, and the digital world without the chemicals and the darkness is a healthy and good improvement. However, the analog world of photography was an experience I wouldn’t want to be without.

Doing it the Analog Way

Therefore I found it quite amusing to read in the local newspaper that students in high school who are in the media line of study just finished a 6 week course in analog photography! On the first day they had to make a pinhole camera out of a paint bucket. Then they got a roll of film and had a couple of days to take pictures. After they had taken the pictures it was time for a day in the darkroom. This was a new experience as most of them had never seen a darkroom. Can you believe it was that long ago?

The students’ verdict was that it was a lot fun making photos the analog way. Although this is not something they will try again it had given them a deeper understanding of the art of photography. They learned that it requires a lot more planning, the process takes a long time and the methods are more vulnerable.

I think it’s really cool that they had a chance to see what some of the real masters of photography had to deal with in their time. Another piece of history was brought back to life!


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I am a photographer hoping my art will give the viewer a moment of escape. I will write about art and also add some photo challenges as well as everyday stories and travels.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Feb 2014 (#)

I remember doing photography in school, it was actually quite interesting.

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author avatar Graceful
13th Feb 2014 (#)

Well, Mark...........take the challenge! :-) It's still interesting!

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
9th Apr 2014 (#)

I have one of the old cameras and use the famous classic reel too. Sat in the Dark room watching how photographs are made and its beautiful. This is one of the cameras I use not a digital one although I do have the Aim and shoot camera.

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