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Filename: cc025397.jpg

Size: 4640 x 3508 (7.4MB)

Date: 29th November 2016

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

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Darkroom CC025397

Beech Bowls, Quarry Wood Road, Cookham Dean, Berkshire. Herbert Feltons darkroom, c.1944. Chemical bottles line the shelves and there are developing trays and a projector on the work surfaces

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This evocative photograph, titled "Beech Bowls, Quarry Wood Road, Cookham Dean, Berkshire. Herbert Feltons darkroom, c.1944," transports us back in time to the heart of a dedicated photographer's workspace. Taken by the skilled and accomplished photographer, Herbert Leo Felton, this image offers a rare glimpse into the world of darkroom photography during the mid-20th century. The photograph captures the essence of Felton's darkroom, with its shelves lined with an array of chemical bottles, each holding the promise of transforming a blank photographic paper into a beautiful, finished image. The work surfaces are cluttered with developing trays, a projector, and various other essential tools, all testament to the meticulous and labor-intensive process of creating photographs in the dark. The atmosphere in the darkroom is one of focused intensity, as the photographer delicately manipulated the chemicals to bring his vision to life. The soft, diffused light from the projector illuminates the scene, creating an otherworldly glow that adds to the sense of mystery and magic that surrounded the darkroom process. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the dedication and artistry involved in creating photographs before the digital age. It invites us to appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the darkroom process and the role it played in shaping the history of photography. The image is not only a testament to Felton's skill as a photographer but also to the enduring allure of the darkroom and the unique experience it offered to those who dared to venture into the dark to create art.

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