To Go Digital or Not

I’ve been interested in photography as long as I can remember.   I finally made some time in my schedule in 1999 to take a photography class at Evanston Art Center.  The beginning photo class was good, but I wanted something much closer to home.  I found the Jane Addams Photography Center (now defunct) taught by an older (and sometimes crabby) gentleman named Richard Stromberg.  I really learned a lot at the center (now defunct) and even participated in 3 group shows.
The Jane Addams Photography center (now defunct) was on Broadway and the Hull House Organization sold the building.  Apparently, Lakeview was becoming way too gentrified.  Anyway, a lot of the students and volunteers (and of course Richard) started a new photography center – the Chicago Photography Center – which has more darkrooms, more room, and a better gallery than the old Jane Addams Photography center.  Hull House Organization decided to start a new photo center with an even crabbier and older man who couldn’t teach basic photography if his life depended on it.
So after years of spending time developing print film, making pictures in the darkroom, and teaching a basic photography darkroom I am contemplating going digital.  I’m a bit apprehensive since I really love being in the darkroom. It’s a great way to meet people, hang out with friends, and just get away from the world.  I’ve been told that printing in the darkroom is ONE of the best ways to have fun – in the dark.  I’m afraid that if I purchase this digital camera that I’ve been looking at, I won’t ever set foot in the darkroom again!

3 Comments so far

  1. robray (unregistered) on July 7th, 2004 @ 6:58 am

    As an owner of a Fuji Finepix s2 and Epson 2200 I can say computer labs are equally as fun. And sometimes you can eat in them. Besides why let the photo chemicals kill you when you have have a computer monitor only render your eyes useless?

  2. roderick (unregistered) on July 7th, 2004 @ 10:21 am

    What’s wrong with both? Sooner or later you’ll get tired of digital and will want to smell like developer. Then when you’ve had enough of that switch back to digital.
    Your wallet might not like you much, though.

  3. Jason DeFillippo (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 8:47 am

    I spent many many years in the darkroom at College of DuPage and at my home before I developed a violently harsh allergy to Fixer and couldn’t go back. I wish I could. There’s something amazing about making your own silver prints. But I’ll save the 2 week migraines and sloshing juices and stick to digital. I’ve had a Nikon digital in one form or another since they started making them and love it. I’m sticking with my D100 for a while. If they make a vertical grip for the D70 I might switch :-) I did keep an N90s around just in case! Good luck with the digital and when you get comfy with it post some galleries for us to see!

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