Keep the door to the darkroom open, sign yes to darkroom photography in the new school.
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It recently came to my attention that the new Sherwood high school will not be having a darkroom therefor there will be no option to take a darkroom photography class. That breaks my heart. Photography has become a home to me, a place to share my ideas and feelings without judgement. And yes you get those same ideas with digital photography but it's not at all the same. Darkroom photography allows you to feel closer to the photo you don't get to edit it very much, you don't get to see the photo right after you take it. You dig deeper into the photography experience and learn how to develop a picture it's an experience I will never forget. When I first walked into the darkroom I was amazed, excited and nervous and walking out of the darkroom for potentially the last time was hard and sad. The darkroom truly was a home to me a room to escape anything and everything I was going through; beautiful pictures are developed from negatives in a darkroom, so if you see darkness in your life be reassured that a beautiful picture is being prepared. "For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing,rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom." -John Sexton
Slowly but surely this world is turning to complete digital, edited, and computerized in every aspect. I hate to see such a beautiful, antique, and moving process be shattered and taken away from what is the future of America. Darkroom photography will be missed and if there's any way to prevent this from happening I'm all in.
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