[Darkroom] Is anyone currently using the darkroom?

Chris Williams chris at mentalaperture.com
Thu Dec 8 16:41:08 PST 2011


Thanks for the info, Christian, sounds like a cool place. I had been 
going to RayKo, which is closer to me and has later hours than Looking 
Glass -- but what I really want is to be able to work in the darkroom in 
the middle of the night. Also, Noisebridge is just a few blocks from my 
house, which is pretty convenient. ;)

On 12/08/11 15:16, Christian Rice wrote:
> This may not be nearly as cool as hanging out at Noisebridge, but Looking Glass Photo at Telegraph&  Oregon in Berkeley has a HUGE darkroom, basic chemistry included.
>
> $6 for first hour, $4/hr after that.  It's not 24/7, but it's open 7 days/week.
>
> Sorry if this is well-known and if we don't like to plug, but I love that place.
>
>
> --christian
>
> On Dec 8, 2011, at 2:26 PM, Chris Williams<chris at mentalaperture.com>  wrote:
>
>> Hi Rubin, thanks for getting back to me!
>>
>>> Not really. For film I've just been using the nicer plastic canisters
>>> with hoses stuck into them. For film I tend to put one of the tubs
>>> inside the sink and run water through that.
>>
>> OK, I've got one of those standard acrylic-cylinder-type film washers in
>> storage back in Boston, I'll try to bring it back from the holidays with
>> me. For prints I used to just drill some drain holes in one side of a
>> tray and run water through it, looked like there were plenty of extra
>> trays, maybe I'll do that with one of those.
>>
>>> There's a clothes line, we're kind of old fashioned that way. :P
>>
>> Ha, well, I wasn't really looking for something fancier, I just didn't
>> spot the clothes line. ;)
>>
>>> Don't think we've ever emptied it. :(
>>
>> Hmm. Maybe I'll post to the general list about toxic-disposal
>> procedures, there must be other groups at the space generating toxic
>> waste. The current jug is too much to carry but not enough to justify
>> renting a truck. ;)
>>
>> I've also read about a cheap device called a "silver magnet" to
>> electrolyze out the silver, but that by itself won't get it within
>> limits for dumping down the drain (although we could probably
>> technically then dilute it 10x or so and dump it..).
>>
>>> No, the solenoid for hot water is broken some how and none of us have
>>> gotten around to fixing it.
>>
>> Hmm. I could take a crack at it, but I don't have any experience working
>> on similar devices, so there's a reasonable chance I might just make the
>> situation worse. If anybody more qualified has concrete plans to work on
>> it, I'll leave it to them.
>>
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