Highlands to get new darkroom facilities.

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A bit of good news for the New Year is that the new Arts Centre in Inverness will be kitted out with darkroom facilities, due to "a real rise in the interest in analogue photography," A possible resouce for a future F&C meet? :)

A new darkroom and photography workspace will be among the facilities provided by the first phase of the Inverness Creative Academy Project.

Matt Sillars, a photographer and lecturer in photography and culture studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and his colleague Rachel Fermi will use the space for the Inverness Darkroom, a community project to support the growing number of photographers across the Highlands who prefer traditional analogue photography to digital.

Courses, workshops and other activities will also link in with Flow Photofest, the biennial international photography festival.

"There’s a real rise in the interest in analogue photography," Mr Sillars said.

"Digital technology has made photography accessible to all but as people find its limits they often want to explore further and discover all the things they can do with the older analogue techniques.

"There’s also a real excitement and ‘magic’ about being in a darkroom environment and making a photograph, using the chemicals and watching the image emerge in front of your eyes.

"People really engage with the physical object and it is quite a different experience from images on a screen."

He believed the darkroom would attract people from a large catchment area, with those living within 50 miles of the city using it regularly, and those within 100 to 150 miles attending for courses and workshops.

"People are often quite dispersed and this will be somewhere they can come together," he said. "It will allow them to bounce ideas off each other and create joint projects
http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Work-to-begin-on-Midmills-arts-hub-28122017.htm
 

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Thats excellent news, always pleased when something good happens in the fillum world.

A Highland meet would be brilliant....:banana:
 
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I too noticed this - I am having a meeting with the chap from University of Highlands & Islands this evening in Inverness.

Ag might have some interesting news soon for anyone who enjoys shooting film in the Highlands....
 

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That looks excellent, a very useful facility
 
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I was intending to get my dark (aka utility) room back in operation after many years this winter, so it'll be whether I splash the £96 membership instead. :thinking:
 
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This facility has really been a labour of love by Matt Sillars, who is a lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Anyone who can support it, please don't hesitate. £96 for 12 months really is a bargain. There is 24 hour access and it's based in a cracking area of Inverness and in the newly refurbished Midmills Building.

We are supporting in everyway we can including supplying materials at preferential rates.
 

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This is fantastic news and £96 a year is a bargain, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to darkroom printing but really pleased it seems to be having a resurgence along with film use.
 

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Can't be as wet as the last one, can it? Errrrm...
Well if I could manage to get there, I could attempt to squeeze some southern France sunshine in my luggage….Might mean borrowing LF kit from you guys though, to make room for it! ;)
 
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Update. We have a meeting with Matt Sillars tomorrow - we have offered to underwrite 50% of the rent for them. It's such a great facility, and they have worked so hard to get it complete, we really want to support it.

We have such a great band of loyal customers - it makes it possible to do this sort of thing - so it's a thank you to you all!!
 
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