While I've Been Away


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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written by troch on 2013-06-22


  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!!)

  2. ricoinbrooklyn
    ricoinbrooklyn ·

    Congratulations! The darkroom and gallery look great!

  3. tonantzin
    tonantzin ·

    Wooow that's amazing!! Congratulations!

  4. grazie
    grazie ·

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

  5. grazie
    grazie ·

    and great that you documented with analogue :)

  6. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Coming along very nicely - way to go, troch!

  7. jean_louis_pujol
    jean_louis_pujol ·

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

  8. atria007
    atria007 ·

    congratulation!!! =D

  9. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

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

  10. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

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

  11. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

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

  12. deff1
    deff1 ·

    Congratulations! Your dark room looks fantastic. :)

  13. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Well done!

  14. bravopires
    bravopires ·

    Great Work!!!!!!

  15. zanardi
    zanardi ·

    Congratulations! A dream comes true!

  16. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    N V

  17. sonjay
    sonjay ·

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

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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.

  22. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

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

  23. frau_edixa
    frau_edixa ·

    wow... there is where you perform magic! (and where you hide when you got enough of to much sunshine at your coast;)