Leonard in his darkroom, c. 1955
My interest in photography goes back
a long time, as shown by this 1955 (give or take a year or
so) picture of
me in my darkroom. The necktie is that for my high school
(Grosvenor High School, Belfast) - was normal to keep on until
bedtime in unsunny climate.
The darkroom bench was large board
supported on top of the bath in our family home in Belfast,
Northern Ireland. My parents and sisters were supportive of my
reasonable use - fortunately the toilet was in a seperate
room. Running water is essential for a darkroom.
Illumination for the photograph was by darkroom light with
dense red filter removed. Picture was taken with
delayed action (a pale forerunner of a
Alas, technical and other details have faded into sands of
From a young age I became enamored
of science, so had working knowledge of physics and
centrally relevant) and some knowledge of chemical basis of photography.
Chemistry rendered irrelevant by digital revolution.
continued by our daughter, and keen amateur interest of all