Ashland, New Hampshire, June 2019. Arista ULTRA / Nikkormat.
Developed film in my kitchen sink for the first time in eight years. The last time I did it was in a hot dark roach-infested studio apartment in south Austin, Texas, back in 2012, near the end of a bad time. The place had a windowless bathroom and so I'd load up film and get drunk by myself and sweat and sweat and sweat and listen to The Argument by Fugazi and develop my film in the sink late at night. I didn't have a scanner or anything at the time so the shoebox full of exposed rolls of T-MAX just slowly became a bigger box full of processed rolls of T-MAX, and then soon I was back in New England and unemployed for almost a year and then I used a couple of the checks to get a scanner and basically did the same thing - scan film all night with my headphones on until I had two years worth of film done. You can see that work here.
Anyway, things are different now, I've been "quarantined" at home for several weeks raising a majestic toddler and teaching her to dance to punk rock, mainly Idles and The Stooges. The idea is to just flail wildly and take snack breaks at the slightest whim. She's into it. My house is full of windows and chores and so I load the film in a closet at night after the light's gone from the sky and everyone is asleep, and then it's late and I'm tired (9:45, what the hell has become of me) so I develop it in the kitchen sink the next day during naptime. I used Ilfosol-3 for the first time so that I could just mix small amounts as needed, after a lifetime of 1-gallon D-76 dilutions, waiting for it to cool down, etc. I also used Ilford stop and fixer, but stuck with the Kodak photoflo. In case any nerds stumble upon this and care. I listened to Caligula by Lingua Ignota while I was doing it - an imposing, incredible record.
A couple years ago someone gave me a Nikkormat 35mm camera in good shape, with a bunch of expired black and white film of a type I'd not seen before: Arista.edu Ultra 400, which according the the packaging is "the educator's choice." Free film, so I shot it, and that's what you see above - shot with the free camera, no less. I developed it for 7 minutes at 68 degrees F, Ilfosol-3 1:9 dilution, and it came out just fine. That there is the main summit of Osceola from the shoulder below the east summit, almost one year ago. Pretty cool.