[from overnight note: Oct 2016]
The time and form , shape of exchange, feedback , interaction, response
After something has taken enough shape for the proper others to respond, then it can become a group effort. Some people are better left as initiators others as improver, most merely imitators, mimics
They must be able to see the machine, then improve it, in an appropriate understandable exchange form/format formulation
Going down that path is troubling and offers little visual language that hasn’t been thoroughly cliched. They are not printmakers, they don’t have the mindset for it.
Many of the amidol, silver bullet seekers don’t actually have anything to say, so their commitment to endless mixing, measuring each life out in milliliters is just a diversion. Small changes. Wasted.
If you are young enough to be looking at the darkroom as an alternate means of photographic discussion, beware thinking it will provide you with a more enhanced vocabulary than you may already have with digital accomplishment.
Over the recent past I have spent too many hours reading, and even further time and money wasted to visit the current loud silver photographers posting on the darkroom forums. Their work is limited in theme, visual vocabulary is regressed. It is as though they never realized the 30 years during the explosion of acceptance of photography by other artists.
people become diverted, then lost, then bitter, remorseful; until they hangout in forums complaining that they never made it because they were too skilled in craft and the world has become cheapened… etc. Read Photrio, Large Format, etc and you get the picture. Actually, you won’t get the picture -you have already seen them in travel and postcard shops, or at the annual wine and cheese fest.