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    Did you begin your photo career by developing your own photos? I did, as a teen back in late 1974. Starting with blue solar prints of box camera negatives and working my way up to 126 and then 35mm, I’ve still got most of my old negatives which include photos of my darkrooms.

    With the weather cooling down (even here in LA), it’s nice to sit at home and dig through the old photos scanned to the hard drive.

    Here’s a pic of my younger brother helping me in my first home darkroom, circa late-1974 (B&W Polaroid photo). No enlarger at this point, only contact prints. Then a pano of the same room a few years later.

    Finally a screenshot of a set of my very first 126 photos as contact prints, 1974-5.

    Please post some of your old darkroom facility photos.
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    Re: Your first darkroom!

    Pretty impressive setup for a kid. I remember those Yankee trays. But I'm most impressed that you still have the negatives after all these years.
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      Re: Your first darkroom!

      Thanks Doug! I still have a LOT of negatives – but sadly, not all of them. I had this "brilliant" idea back in the late '80s to trim my negative strips down and file the 2, 3 or 4 frame pieces by subject in plastic sheets, while discarding the rest...

      I filled up a paper shopping bag with the scraps and was so proud of myself-! Imagine how many more images I would have to scan and share now. But nobody told me the internet was coming!

      The good news is, I know where the negatives are (a landfill on a small college campus in Texas). The bad news is, no one is going to dig them up.
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