Re: drinking in the darkroom

From: Jack Fulton ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 11/02/04-10:03:26 PM Z
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Red wine looks odd under a safelight . . remember, Eugene Smith always
drank scotch and milk and had it next to his ferricyanide to bleach his
prints and give 'em that familiar "Smith" look.

On Nov 2, 2004, at 11:43 AM, Sandy King wrote:

If you must drink in the darkroom the best thing is good red wine. The
only thing that I have every worked with in the darkroom that might be
confused with red wine is potassium permanganate.


> Good advice Bob. I wonder how many of us ever consider becoming so
> sensitized to photochemicals that we might be unable to continue
> darkroom work? I know I would miss the experience greatly. (And, I'd
> also be out of a job!)
> I recently ordered a print from a photographer in Germany and was
> surprised to learn he will not be printing the image himself due to
> his cumulative sensitization to hydroquinone. Not a thing I want to
> deal with...
> Joe
>>>> 11/02/04 10:21 AM >>>
> C'mon, people! I thought that is why we were taught lab procedure:
> 1) Mix chems in chem beakers, etc. Do NOT use household glasses,
> cups, etc.
> 2) Consume food & drinks from household glasses, cups, etc, NOT from
> beakers
> or other chem use items.
> It
> is said that gun powder and alcohol don't mix...I think it is the same
> with
> darkroom chemistry. If you MUST break this rule, get two angle
> brackets,
> four screws and a small piece of plywood and put up a small
> "consumable"
> shelf on which goes ONLY drinks & food. Put it up high where it can
> just be
> reached but is very inconvenient and small enough so you will NOT
> consider
> resting chems on it but will remember that it is for food & drink only.
> You have been discussing the risks involved with consuming large
> quantities
> of chemicals. There are also risks involved with lower doses. I am
> living
> proof of years of medical treatment necessitated by silver and phenols
> in my
> liver. Don't forget that handling film and prints causes splashes and
> even
> a drop or two of some of our solutions into our cups and glasses or on
> our
> food will have deleterious effects over time.
> Food for thought? ;-))
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Timo Sund []
> Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 11:08 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: drinking in the darkroom
> Father of my friend once mistakely drank pure drain opening solution
> (=sole natrium hydrokside). It was botteled like any soda would. He
> survived but can t speak anymore.
> And he was man who knew his ways when working with dangerous chemicals.
> Íve once had a cup of coffee in the darkroom and had some used cups
> lying around filled with various developers. Lycky enough I smelled my
> "coffee" before tasting it.
> Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
>> Nope, it was potassium bichromate. I have the article from the BJP
> --
> Timo Sund
> Palaios Photos
> Finland
Received on Tue Nov 2 22:03:40 2004

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