I never really got a chance to learn how photos are developed in high school or art school or anywhere really. Although I had read about it and people had explained the process to me and I’d seen glimpses of it in movies, it was still always a bit of a mystery to me. It just seemed like kind of a magical process.
That little mystery was solved a few years ago when I went to visit my friend in Porto, Portugal. While studying architecture she conveniently also learnt how to develop photos. And even more conveniently her university had a darkroom. I was sorting through some old photos and came across the black and white roll we had shot while I was staying with her.
Thinking back at it I don’t fully remember too many details of the process, I guess it is time for a refresher. Although I was obviously very fascinated by the process I also remember it being very simple. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I guess in my head it had always been a bit of a magical procedure and once I got to see how it actually worked I realized there was no magic at all involved (duh!). Regardless it was still pretty amazing and special to learn.
Below are a few of the photos we took that weekend.