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in search of the sustainable darkroom

If you ever developed a roll of film, you probably did it in your apartment’s bathroom. You were carefully counting the time needed for every step of the ritual: development, stop bath, fixation and final wash. But do you remember what you did with all the chemicals you used? I bet you poured them (like most of us) into the sink, not giving it much thought.

Maybe, since you develop films only occasionally, such a small amount of lab fluids will do no one harm? But think broader: how many people do the same especially now when analogue photography popular again? I guess millions would be a considerable underestimation…

A northern England collective tries to address the impact chemicals used in photography have on the plant. If you want to know more about their endeavours, have a look at the article published at 35mmc.com : https://www.35mmc.com/17/01/2021/northern-sustainable-darkroom-helping-analogue-go-green-by-edd-carr/.