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The darkroom dilemma…

So I’ve spent most of this week cleaning out the new studio space. It’s surprising how much rubbish there was in there.

Heres some quick snaps of the progress so far…


And the progress so far today…




Initially I was going to put up some solid stud walls in that right hand corner. Board over the window and make it all light tight. This would mean losing one window space and nearly a quarter of the floor space.

My second thought was of two folding walls, when closed they would box in the sink (in the window space) and adjacent wall. This would open up the floor space but still lose the window.

My third option is one of light tight curtains coming from each wall. A roller black out blind for the window, maybe leaving lower section covered with rubylith.

The latter two options would mean making a ceiling box section to make it light tight as the ceiling isn’t exactly flat. Plenty of beams, pipes and wires.


Just to convince me further, I ripped the lower section of “insulation” of the right hand window and its amazing how much light it lets in. So it seems a real shame to board/block out that window.

Any suggestion people might have I’d love to hear from you…




  1. Posted March 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM | #

    I would keep open the windows. So much beautifull light and you are blocking it for a darkroom. Just extend the drain to an other corner.
    Juts my thoughts.

  2. Posted March 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM | #

    Hi Alex, Thanks, I did think of using the other side of the room but didn’t fancy having drainage pipes running across the studio to the exterior wall.

  3. Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM | #

    If you are only doing collodion in there how about screening the window with ruby lith – then you’d have a safelight window? Not much good if you need total darkness for modern films of course.

  4. Posted March 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM | #

    It’ll also for be film dev and printing etc. I have a roll of rubylith which I thought of doing the lower section of the window, with a blackout blind for the rest of it. Could then easily cover up the lower section when needed.

  5. Jay Philbin
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM | #

    In what direction are the windows pointing – if they point North, you have some great natural light for wetplate work…

  6. Posted March 15, 2013 at 9:16 PM | #

    They face North East, Jay. We dont have much sunshine in Manchester though 😉

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