Virtual Notebook Introduction

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”

Edward Weston

“So finally it can be seen that what I have explored all my life is the world on my doorstep…..The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found everywhere far from where he lives or a few feet away.” 

Paul Strand

‘What makes photography a strange invention, with unforeseeable consequences – is that primary raw materials are light and time.’

John Berger

This section is provided as a resource for all sorts of practicing photographers working at a professional, amateur or a students’ level. For those of who want to venture into the world of “do it yourself”; there are technical notes, photo terminologies, a reading list and extensive web links. plus interesting things that Ahem ! matter to me. hmmm So the adventure begins since you are here and interested in doing things your way. Carry on and enter the world of “do it yourself” … don’t worry we would’t dare to call you a control freak. For the wonderful die-hard darkroom fanatics out there this section is certainly for you. Black and white photography is more satisfying for most photographers, when they take it as far as processing and printing for them self’s as well.The links below will provide reading material for black and white darkroom work as well as a complete explanation of the alternate photography processes used on this site, their history and development, and the complete procedure for replicating the process.

Black & White: Back to Basics mixing your own chemicals for the first time ?
Toners essentially for Black & White prints, with a choice between Sepia or Iron-Blue toner.
Formulas Galore additional formulas for film, paper and toners.
Enlarged Negatives contact printing for Alternative Photography Processes..
Polaroid Image Transfer Alternative Photography Processes.
Cyanotype Processes Alternative Photography Processes.
Van Dyke Processes Alternative Photography Processes.

Important Note

Information that sweeps through these virtual pages is by no means the ultimate truth in doing any of the suggested processes. They worked well for me in my darkroom; that does not mean it’s a 100% winner for you. There are no absolutes within these processes, no best formulas and techniques. Whatever works for you, that’s right, period; since it all depends on the endless variables within a given darkroom & the world outside. Experiment and find your high way to success. Good luck! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and drive me crazy. I don’t claim to be an authority in any way on anything, being self-taught and still learning, wouldn’t dream of it.


It is the responsibility of the user of toxic chemicals to take proper precautions to avoid intake. The author cannot accept liability for any injury, sickness, or damage resulting from these processes.

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