The Darkroom

UPDATE ON THE DARKROOM: 

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Isn’t this a beautiful DARKROOM???? Thank you to all who supported the Videography’s Darkroom at Cedar Ridge High School. 11 gracious donors gave cameras and darkroom equipment. From left to right are myself, CRHS Videography teacher Andrea DeGette and CRHS alumni Dillon Ingold, who is helping set up the space and get the cameras organized. Students will be able to use the Darkroom during school hours after they complete some training. I have really enjoyed being back in the Darkroom, especially that moment when the print reveals itself in the developer.

We still need some equipment like negative carriers, a loupe or two and most importantly, chemistry and paper, both of which are expensive. To give you an idea, a box of 100 sheets of Ilford Black and White paper is $90. And we will have cameras to check out which means we will need film and chemicals. If you have extra cameras or darkroom equipment we will use those in the Darkroom or we can trade duplicate equipment to Southeastern Camera to be able to buy the paper and chemicals we need.  Items may be dropped off at Cedar Ridge High School at 1125 New Grady Brown School Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278, attention Andrea DeGette.

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.

Questions? Email Kristin Prelipp.

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

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CONTEMPLATING WAR

My son Roman wrote a screenplay and we have been working together to make a movie. He asked some of his best friends to participate as actors. I have asked myself often why he is interested in history and war. My guess is that he is attempting to making sense of a man’s traditional role of becoming a soldier and going to war. Or maybe this is just a case of boys being boys.

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MARY DUKE BIDDLE AND JIM SEMANS

In 1997 my sister, Kelly Prelipp Lojk, was working at the Philanthropy Journal. Mary Duke Biddle and her husband, Jim Semans, were receiving a lifetime achievement award for philanthropy. This portrait was presented to them with their reward. I remember their amazing house and how patient they were with me as I lugged in all my lights and took over their sun porch.

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TITO
In 1996 I spent some time on the island of Cres in Croatia. Croatia had been a part of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until the war in 1991 in which it became an independent country. Josep Tito was the Prime Minister (1944–63), President (later President for Life) (1953–80). Some hated him and others revered him. While traveling throughout this region in the 1990’s it was not uncommon to see bullet holes in buildings or other evidence of the recent war. I have been back several times since then and the scars of war have faded considerably.

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COW IN FOG

In high school many of the most memorable parties were held at “The Farm,” a classmates family homestead that was right outside of town. I captured this photo of a cow in the woods one morning at dawn.

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SOUL SISTERS

In 1992 I completed my freshman year at UNC-Chapel Hill. I spent the summer afterwards living in Santa Cruz, California with my best friend from growing up in Wisconsin, Tara Jepsen. We went to San Francisco for a gay pride march where I captured this photo.

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SLAVE QUARTERS

In 1996 I visited Folly Beach, SC for a family reunion. The Spoleto Festival featured an amazing art installation in which a large field with several old slave quarters, was strung up with clotheslines and white sheets. I asked some of my family members to get up very early with me (good light) to get this photo on our way into Charleston.

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UPHOLSTERY

In 1996 when I I began working as a professional photographer. For a year I worked on a photo story commissioned by Peter Fulton, who was a professor at Duke University at the time. He was methodically restoring a Dino, an antique Italian car, and was writing about each step in depth. My photographs accompanied his writing. This photograph is a portrait of the couple who were making the new upholstery for the car. I am embarrassed to say I do not remember their names, but I remember their busy shop well and how easy they were to photograph.

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PREDJAMSKE GRAD

I visited this castle in 1996. It is jut outside of Postona, Slovenia. The legend is that a crazy robber baron, Erazem Luger, was the Lord of the castle. He angered some of the neighbors
which resulted in a seige in which they tried to starve him out. Little did they know that there are caves and tunnels in the mountain that allowed him to continue to receive fresh food. Ultimately, he was betrayed by one of his own who told the enemy where the bathroom was (that little gabled house on the left) and what time he normally visited it. While he did his business they shot a cannon into the bathroom which ended the siege and Erazem.

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

PRINT SIZES

5 x 5 inch print: $12

8 x 8 inch print: $24

12 x 12 inch print: $48

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