I packed up the darkroom this weekend in preparation for my move. The new house does not have a darkroom and I'm trying to work out how I feel about that.
I love having a darkroom. I love the idea of having a darkroom. I want to have a darkroom, but for a while, I'm not going to.
This means I'll most likely be shooting only digital. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Part of me is relieved, as digital makes things cheap, quick, and easy. The other part of me hates the idea of not making contact prints or feeling the exitement and surprise of spreading a newly-developed roll out onto the light table and peeking at it with the loupe. I don't like the thought of not being able to make real prints, even if I wanted to.
There's a rarely used bathroom in the basement of the new place that, with a little remodeling, should work as a basic darkroom. It only has room for one enlarger, so I'll have to decide which one to keep. That's a whole thing in itself.
I sometimes think I should just go all-in with a hybrid workflow and learn how to make a decent digital print, but nothing about that process is fun or interesting. I'm going to need a darkroom, but for a short while won't have one and it's freaking me out a little.