I have a real hankerin' to write on this topic. Write a what, is the question.
A book? No, too small a market, and book-length depth isn't called for. A series of blog posts? Possibly, but people who aren't interested would probably gradually tune out. (With a voluntary audience, you don't purposefully write a series titled, in effect, "Long, Involved Posts About Something You're Not Interested In, Parts I–XII.") New media of some sort? Well, it wouldn't be a Twit, at least. But...an e-book? A Kindle book? A .PDF?
Maybe...a short book. A pamphlet? I really don't know.
I'm the guy to write it, I think. I love this stuff, and I know a lot about it—I know more, in fact, than I know I know.
The meaning of "film" and "darkroom" has changed immensely in the past ten years, though, that's for sure.
It's absolutely no longer anything you need to do because you have to. It's not necessary if what you want is to do good craft-work. There might be a few advantages to film—arguably—but there are just as certainly disadvantages.
So why do it, then?
I look at it like this. You don't need to buy an old car and work on it or restore it yourself. You don't need to knit your own sweater, or build a rocking chair or a dining room table out of wood. You certainly don't need to throw your own pottery or build your own amplifier, and nobody's forcing you to plant an elaborate garden in the yard.
Why does anybody do any of these things, or any one of a dozen others like them? For fun, that's all. Classic film photography can be fun.
I need to write about this, somehow. I just haven't quite worked out how yet.
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Featured Comment by aizan: "I know what to do! Write a short book and have it printed by letterpress. I'm not even kidding. Letterpress printers love printing short books...for fun!"
Mike replies: That is a spectacularly good idea. It would fit just perfectly with the whole ethos I'm describing. I really will look into that. Thanks!
Featured Comment by Koen Lageveen: "Oh, I'm doing that, every bit of it short of building my own darkroom. I'm not even old enough to be nostalgic about film (at 27), but I shoot, develop and print for fun (what a concept!). And I would definitely buy your book/paper/pdf or spoken vinyl record, or whatever :) ."
Mike replies: Hmm...spoken vinyl record...spoken vinyl record...spoken vinyl record....