Community Darkroom

Starting a Community Darkroom Part 3: Questions and Answers

In this post, I will try to answer some of the questions that have been posted after two previous posts. I'm also transferring using "I" to "we" in this post since I am not doing this alone, there are other people involved, I just happen to have the time to blog about it. To catch up on the previous posts, click here.

Why a darkroom? Isn't digital the shit right now?

There is a growing movement of people who are interested in getting back into making things with their hands and photography is not immune to this effect. Digital is great if you like digital, however, some of us feel that we need to continue the traditions of photography into the digital age.  Would you rather own an Ansel Adams print that he touched with his hands, that was crafted in the darkroom or would you rather own an inkjet print of one? We think the answer is clear. 

Now, with that said. I am sure that we will have something digital oriented as well.  We're not Luddites and we understand the landscape of the world that we live in.

Why a gallery space?

The simple answer is that we feel that it would be cool to have a new, perhaps younger-focused, gallery space in town. It would also be photography centered, which is the whole point of the project and right now, The Corner Gallery is the only gallery space in Ukiah outside of local businesses and coffee shops who offer their walls to artists to use on a month to month basis. Also, the Corner Gallery is actually kind of expensive to show work there for a non-member artist and the space they give you is extremely limited.

Here, take my stuff!

We want your stuff, we really do.  But, right now this is only a working idea, and we're still trying to figure out all of the details.  I'm sure you can imagine that a project like this will need lots of planning, we want to be as transparent as possible, so that is why I started blogging about it. 

For now, if you have darkroom equipment or anything else that you want to pass our way, the best thing would be to do would be to send an email to me at, and I'll get back to you when we are closer to making this a reality.