Perhaps over the past few weeks whilst you have been busy buying a coffee from your favourite coffee shop, laying in your bed in the arms of your lover, or sat trying to decide which of the three Lord of the Rings films is best (it's The Two Towers, fact) maybe your mind has wandered momentarily and you have found yourself pondering what I have been up to since the launch of my recent Iceland project.
A fine question to ask, the answer to which is - absolutely nothing at all. Well, photographically speaking anyway. In life a very great deal has been going on. After much consideration Mrs. Kirby and I have decided to quit our jobs, leave our house, up sticks and move to the South Lake District (Cumbria). We have found a nice little cottage in the middle of nowhere, I have a new job lined up and best of all I am now only half an hour away from the fells and lakes!
The Fells, for those of you reading this who don't know, are the mountains of the Lake District. Mountains here in the UK don't get tremendously huge like they do in the Alps and Rockies etc, however we do get the intense mountain conditions a lot lower down than our European counterparts because of our climate. Our three highest peaks are Ben Nevis, Scotland which is 1345m, Snowdon, Wales which is 1085m and Scafell Pike, England which is 978m. Such heights may seem laffable to anyone reading this who frequents larger European ranges but these are the mountains we have and we love them.
Now that I am much closer to the outdoors I will (hopefully) be able to get out into the mountains a lot more. Plus, now that I have a kayak (which I found for £30 by the way) I will be able to get out onto the water too. I am hoping that this will give my landscape photography a little kick after finishing off my Iceland series and will mean that I have a more regular stream of images being uploaded.
Ah but now for the question on all of your lips - what fo your darkroom Dave? Alas I do not think that the shed darkroom will survive being dismantled so I have decided to strip it out as best I can and move all my gear up with me. There is no space for a darkroom inside my new house so alas I am ahving to switch to a hybrid process. No more printing, just developing and scanning film...
JOKE! Never in a million years!
One of the most winderful things about the new house is that it has a large stone outbuilding in the back garden. I am hoping to stud wall it out, get it insulated and palsterboarded and build for myself a really good darkroom that should last a lifetime. I should be able to get it plumbed in and wired up meaning that I will finally be able to build a alrge sink and use that for my processing, as well as having room for a little print finishing and mountian station. It is going to take some time and effort to get it all setup but once done it should be great. Who knows, I may even try to start doing workshops and photo trips if anyone would be interested.
I am moving in 3 weeks time and I have got lots of packing and preparation to do so I may be quiet on the website fornt ofr a while. I will let you all know how the move and darkroom setup goes though once I get started on it. Whatever you are working on I hope it is going well.
Until our next rendezvous, happy printing!