The Darkroom

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE SHOW BUT STILL WANT TO SUPPORT THE DARKROOM, YOU MAY BUY PRINTS ON-LINE.

THE DARKROOM

A Photo Exhibit by Kristin Prelipp

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Kristin Prelipp at the darkroom at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, NC.

From April 26 to May 20 Kristin Prelipp will display a photo exhibit at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery called, “The Darkroom.” Prelipp is a local photographer and is also the Program Director of the Hillsborough Arts Council. The goal of this photo exhibit is to raise funds to completely furnish a darkroom at Cedar Ridge High School.

A darkroom enables one to develop their own film and enlarge images to print. Prelipp says, “There is a meditative, scientific pace in a darkroom that I know has benefited me greatly and would be ideal for students.” Part of the proceeds from print sales will go to the Cedar Ridge High School darkroom, housed in the videography department run by teacher Andrea DeGette. DeGette and Prelipp worked together to purchase a portion of the photography supplies with the help of grants but more equipment is needed if the students want to learn the whole process, from shooting film to enlarging prints.

The show runs from April 26 to May 20th and will have an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 28th at 102 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

ARTIST STATEMENT BY KRISTIN PRELIPP (OGUNTOYINBO):

I began photographing in high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. My photography teacher, Byron Baldwin, had a love of photography, music and movies that was infectious. We had a large darkroom at our school and I learned to take photos, develop my own film and make silver gelatin prints. From that point onward my camera became an extension of me and I worked in the darkroom often until 2003, when I sold all my film equipment and switched to digital photography.

From high school to age 30, I either had access to a darkroom or I created one where I lived—in a laundry room, a bathroom, a closet and a shed to name a few. While in Spain for one year in 1993 I developed my film in a dank 200-year-old storage room. I could hear rats moving around as I rolled my film in the complete darkness.

This exhibit shows medium format film images taken on black and white film. Many images are from the period when I was in the darkroom. Following a 12-year hiatus I began shooting film again in 2016. The other portion of the exhibit images are from this past year. I hope to begin developing my own film and making prints in the darkroom in the next year. And I would like to pass this skill onto the next generation. Your enjoyment of this exhibit and purchase of prints will help make this possible.

 

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE SHOW BUT STILL WANT TO SUPPORT THE DARKROOM, YOU MAY BUY PRINTS ON-LINE.

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IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE SHOW BUT STILL WANT TO SUPPORT THE DARKROOM, YOU MAY BUY PRINTS ON-LINE.

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