Photos in dark come to light


Kimetris Baltrip

Black-and-white prints developed by students in photography pile up after coming out a dryer. Students developed the prints in the school’s darkroom.

Charlie Sole, Staff writer

Entering the darkroom in photography classroom in the Student Life Building, visitors must get into a 360-degree rotating door that is only open on one side so the room remains dark. 

Once in the darkroom, visitors can find photography students dipping film in liquid chemicals then putting the film in an enlarger. 

“A darkroom is a space that is dark with a safe light where photographers print, using an enlarger,” said Ms. Bess Garison, Upper School photography teacher.

Darkrooms are a place where photographers can control light, which helps them develop and print images without ruining them, according to a webpage by Mr. Ross Collins, professor of communication, North Dakota State University in Fargo. 

Students in the advanced photography and photography two classes enlarge their black and white negatives in the dark room. Every photography class uses the darkroom at Kinkaid.