This past week Boyfriend and I developed and scanned a lot of film. He and his sister built a makeshift darkroom in their parents’ basement equipped to develop and print in black and white. If you are looking to build a darkroom of your own, I highly recommend looking for used equipment on Craigslist and asking around local high schools which may be getting rid of stuff from their lab. Boyfriend’s darkroom cost about $150 for everything (including a film scanner), so it’s definitely possible to do this on a budget.
I borrowed my brother’s Exacta 500 (found on Craigslist for only $15) and had a lovely time shooting on it -the shutter mechanism is quick and crisp, and the whole experience is quite satisfying. Unfortunately the aperture is very broken, meaning only about half of the pictures turned out.
A few of my favorites (all on Rollei Superpan 200, developed with Kodak D-76):
Also, a new roll from my ever-delightful and ridiculous Holga 120.
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The title of this post is the same as Roland Barthes’ book Camera Lucida. There is a copy of it waiting for me at the library which will be picked up as soon as this snowstorm subsides. I’ll try to write something interesting about this book when I finish reading it, ok?