Yesterday I did an analog development on my own, the first since last year’s workshop on Salted Paper. A film of 36 photos that had been inside the camera for almost a year and that I finally decided to process. The digital has appropriated our lives in such a way that the dynamics of traditional photography seems to us an uncomfortable reminiscence of the past, that paradoxically, and to a certain extent, it has to give in to the digital in order to achieve visibility.
Once the necessary material is available (chemical products, cuvettes, test tubes, thermometer, stopwatch, etc…), the process of developing the film is extremely simple, following some basic instructions, and the result obtained is acceptable: convert the latent image in the film into a negative film.
The transition from negative to positive printed on paper is more laborious and requires something similar to a dark room, magnifier, trays and a lot of skill, method and patience to get a printed copy of our photographs. However, in these times when in addition to photographers, we are all broadcasters of our images on social networks, it is inevitable to think that it will be necessary to scan the negatives or printed copies to obtain the digital copies that will finally disperse in their quick and ephemeral journey through social networks. It is worth asking, at this moment, if analog photography makes sense, if the destination of the images will be the same as that of digital images. There is no doubt that we can feel nostalgic or to some extent freaky with our old cameras, but the transition to this type of photography will be an exercise in coherence or it will be nothing at all.