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As some of you know, I've sent the last year building a full black and white darkroom. It has been a journey that required a huge amount of work, focus and dedication to the tasks at hand. I have had to stop going online to keep to my schedule, but my gallery opens June 22, 2013. I miss all of your great homes and will be catching up soon.

Oh, but the work. I started in April 2012. I renovated a building that had never been finished, so first up was cleaning out a total of 23 bags of garbage, many stuffed with filthy, mouse infested pink insulation. 17 of the bags were subsequently gutted by a bear while they waited for transport to the dump and had to be restuffed, still icky.

Next up came framing, plumbing, electrical, plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall, sanding, painting, sanding, painting. My buddy @rcwaters and I did all of the work except for the plumbing and electrical.

On New Year’s Eve, I turned pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly and turned out the lights to develop my first roll of film in my new darkroom.

Since then, I have been working rather frantically to get enough pictures printed and framed to open the gallery to the public. That time is finally here and I open my doors a noon tomorrow. I am proud of what I have accomplished on this journey.

written by troch

22 comments

  1. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Wonderful!! (Had a thought, seeing the Belair... Belairgon lenses' image circle covers 4x5 easily. Make a box camera with 3" Packard #6 shutter behind lens and set infinity focal distance with a piece of ground glass then scale focus with helix. Ambrotypes on glass!! Totally 1855!!)

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  2. ricoinbrooklyn

    ricoinbrooklyn

    Congratulations! The darkroom and gallery look great!

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  3. tonantzin

    tonantzin

    Wooow that's amazing!! Congratulations!

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  4. grazie

    grazie

    Congratulations!!! hope to see you and your gallery in the future.

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  5. grazie

    grazie

    and great that you documented with analogue :)

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  6. buckshot

    buckshot

    Coming along very nicely - way to go, troch!

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  7. jean_louis_pujol

    jean_louis_pujol

    what an achievement this is ! you're fantastic! congratulations really!

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  8. atria007

    atria007

    congratulation!!! =D

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  9. laurasulilly

    laurasulilly

    What a dream come true. I would love to have such a nice lab space. Congrats!!!

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  10. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    So cool! Congratulations Troch and glad to see you back. :)

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  11. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    I am happy that all your patience and hard work paid off. Hope your show is a success as well!

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  12. deff1

    deff1

    Congratulations! Your dark room looks fantastic. :)

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  13. alex34

    alex34

    Well done!

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  14. bravopires

    bravopires

    Great Work!!!!!!

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  15. zanardi

    zanardi

    Congratulations! A dream comes true!

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  16. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    N V

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  17. sonjay

    sonjay

    Amazing, congratulations! I wish to do that someday as well.
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  18. troch

    troch

    So many thanks to all of you, especially @sonjay, @emperornorton, @zanardi, @bravopires, @alex34, @deff1, @neanderthalis, @clickiemcpete, @laurasulilly, @jean_louis_pujol, @atria007, @buckshot, @grazie, @tonantzin, @ricoinbrooklyn and @herbert4. It has truly been a LABOUR of love, but now the real experimenting can start. Traffic through the gallery has been very slow, as expected when you open a gallery on the outskirts of nowhere, but I remain hopeful of the captive audience awaiting the ferry.

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  19. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    It's a far braver thing than anything I have done -- I'm struggling to get myself to set up a Zazzle store!

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  20. mochilis

    mochilis

    Wow!!! Great job and beautifullt documented! I wish you all the best in this adventure! The finished gallery looks nice and cozy... I wish I could see it in person!

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  21. troch

    troch

    @emperornorton, I'm not sure if it is brave or crazy, I have been accused of both over the years, but it is the fulfillment of both a promise and a dream.

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  22. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    @troch Well, it is crazy if you have to take mood stabilizers.... ;)

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