Most of the images on this website are negative scans, yet I am a strong believer in the transformative darkroom power, which adds another dimension to a picture: it becomes a true painting with light, from camera to paper.
By no means I am diminishing the artistic value of a digital print: those can be equally as beautifully fascinating as analog ones. I can go in lengths about the “magic”, the “aura” and “authenticity” that analog prints possess, but truth is, no darkroom techniques can make a bad image better, and great images printed digitally would not gain more value if made silver gelatin. It’s an individual choice like picking oil, charcoal or tablet for drawing: none is the ultimate best, yet one gives you personally most happiness in the process or suits your idea best.
There is something about the darkroom for me personally that felt immediately and intensely right, and it still does. Every time when printing analog I profoundly feel at my right place in this world, however cheesy that sounds. I deeply love the darkroom and it sure loves me back.
Most of my prints are done on Ilford multigrade fiber-based papers (matte, glossy and textured Art300), with some exceptions for Kentermere glossy fiber paper. Every print goes through hypo clear and an hour of archival washing, followed by selenium toning, which gives the print best possible archival quality, then images are spot-toned to remove any dust. Every print is presented in an acid-free mat board.
And, importantly, every step of the process is done with music blasting from the speakers, so those images are not only painted with light, but filled with rock’n’roll too 😉
Since I am having darkroom freedom for not that long, and I’ve been shooting film for five years, I am currently printing every picture once and moving to the next, and all “extra” images go to people who see them first 😀 In the nearest future I am intending to eventually pick some photographs and put them up for sale, which will be announced on my instagram.
That’s a video of making one regular print: