I received an unexpected disappointment upon going to develop some film this month. After several months of inactivity, all of my chemicals had spoiled. I typically use liquid chemicals from Illford. Liquid chemicals are quickly mixed for one time use. The full strength chemicals last longer than mixed Dektol, but I left them far too long. I had a bottle of unusable brown mash.
One reserve batch of dry Dektol chemicals were hidden away. I mixed up a 1 liter batch and waited for it to cool. Dektol is a bit too contrasty for my taste. There were several dense silver deposits in the film, but oh my the resolution. 120 film still surprises me every time.
A set of seven image will appear in the January 2017 issue of the Grief Diaries, along with a new artist statement. The brief might read dark, but it's really not meant that way.