One of the main ideas behind Gallery259 was to create a space where people who are interested in photography, old school styles and digital can come and find others who are passionate about it as well. While for us as a gallery it has a focus on analogue and 19th century technology and processes, the reality is that analogue and digital can work together and complement each other .
One of the things that I have began doing during winter (and which i will do several nights during summer) is opening the gallery on Wednesday nights to provide a space for people to use the darkroom, come and do portraits, talk, hangout, or use the library of books on all things photographic.
If no one turns up that’s fine, there is always work to be done and the darkroom at the gallery is a lovely spacious work space. ( I cut most of my paper negatives at the gallery because the space is larger than my darkroom at home and I can happily sit there cutting a supply for the road).
I had one lady who had bought some lights for $80 off Trademe and wanted to know how to use them. That was a fun Wed evening that left me wishing I had bought them……….4 lights all working and wonderful, and I was able to help her make sense of them..assembly and use.
That’s what Wednesday nights are for.
May see you there some time.