Environmental Impact

From: Rick Retzlaff ^lt;rretzlaff@shaw.ca>
Date: 03/30/05-09:52:53 PM Z
Message-id: <LNEBJMOLPBPHHPNEKHJGIEILCEAA.rretzlaff@shaw.ca>


I am going to be conducting an outdoor workshop in traditional photography
and alternative printing this summer. The festival I am working with is
very much environmentally conscious and that has me thinking about the
impact of what I intend to do this summer. In particular, the following
questions come to mind:

On-site negative processing -- at home we probably all just flush the stuff
down the drain. However, what is the real impact of this stuff? Does the
waste treatment system deal with this in any rational way? Or do we count
on extreme dilution to make it insignificant? What would be the impact if
these chemicals were dumped into the bush? Luckily, I am hoping to not do a
lot of this and anything that I will be doing will be collected and taken
off site.

Cyanotype printing (traditional formula) - similar questions as above. In
particular, I plan to do quite a bit of cyanotype printing on paper and
fabric. Ideally, it would be the easiest to just wash out the cyanotype
into the environment (ie bush) directly. Otherwise, we would have to
collect it in bins and haul it away to dump into a waste treatment system of
some sort.

Has anybody given this any thought?

Richard Retzlaff
Radical Eye Photography Ltd.
(306) 652 8894 Saskatoon, SK
rick@radicaleye.ca www.radicaleye.ca
Received on Wed Mar 30 21:53:14 2005

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