Wednesday, March 8, 2017
A compelling story, and one that for me has a personal touch. Back in high school I was one of the photographers on the yearbook staff, partly because my dad was a photography enthusiast and had a full darkroom setup. He and I used to do exactly like this guy and develop the film ourselves. Strangely, when I watched him as he was pouring the developer solution in this video, the sour chemical smell of it came back to me unbidden, like an olfactory memory released just as the visual memory of the negatives are released by the solution. It was weird and a bit bitter sweet at the same time, as developing film like that is an art that is very rarely required today.
Hat tip: Wirecutter.