Film-ish Friday: The Sustainable Darkroom’s ‘re-source’ showcases more eco-friendly analog photo processes


Along with the expense nature and relatively slow workflow of film, one of the reasons it’s becoming less popular is due to its impact on the environment. Over the years, various photo chemicals have been banned, and with good reason – they oftentimes have harmful chemicals and byproducts in them that can contaminate water ways and impact wildlife.

To help minimize the impact of film development and the film photography workflow as a whole, The Sustainable Darkroom has released a new book that consists of a ‘large collection of writing, images, recipes, and research on eco-friendly photographic practices,’ as noted by 35mmc. It’s called re-source and it is so far ‘the most extensive collection of writing on sustainable photographic practice to date,’ according to its creators.

In the words of Hannah Fletcher, founder of The Sustainable Darkroom, re·source provides ‘valuable information to those wanting to learn about ecologically-conscious photography.’ It includes a collection of writings and works from 44 self-described ‘alternative photography practitioners,’ including writings, photographs, recipes and research on the various practices they’re exploring.

The book itself is printed by Martin the Printers in the United Kingdom, who recycle 98% of their waste by weight, according to the company’s website. Completed books are then transported by bike to retailers, including the London Alt Photo shop, where you can purchase the paperback book online for £21 / ~$25. A digital version is also available to download for £7 / ~$8.30.

You can find out more about The Sustainable Darkroom on the company’s solar-powered website. Just note it could go down without warning considering its dependence on sun and battery power.

About Film Fridays: We’ve launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.

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