In our first entry to the Red Light District we take a look at the personal darkroom of Pdexposures founder Nate Matos. Coming from tiny spaces that weren’t fit to print inkjet, Nate was pleased to put his new darkroom together;
“I had always wanted a real darkroom, something serious and built into the house. It started about 5 years ago when a friend and I stumbled into an estate sale of a photographer. Not only were there over 200 cameras, hundreds of photography books and gobs of interesting photographica but there was also a darkroom attached to the study.
Despite my dreams the space never really arrived. And as much as I wanted to be, I was never dedicated enough to unpack everything and set it up in a bathroom more than a handful of times. Within the past year I moved and along with the new living quarters there was a 10×10 shed out back which was perfect for storing extra boxes – wait, scratch that. It was meant to be my darkroom.
I have a decent setup including a Beseler 67SII enlarger with the Dichro head and extended base. Coupled to that is a Nikkor EL 50mm 2.8 enlarging lens hooked up to a white Gralab timer. This all sits atop a nice sturdy Craftsman workbench which allows chemical storage and places for easels and notes. This spring/summer I’m looking to add heat, water and electricity so it all feels more put together.”
Thanks Nate! You can find him around the web at:
Have you got a home darkroom you want to share with the world? Send a series of photographs along with a short, descriptive text to email@example.com and you might just be the third or fourth in this series (but you won’t be the second, as fellow Pdexposures host Tony Gale gets that spot).