Welcome to Darkrooms by Marcel Borgstijn

Photographs are created in darkrooms. Whether analogue or digital, the captured image becomes visible. But first of all a photograph is created in that other darkroom, your grey matter. You decide what will end up on that one-dimensional piece of paper (and those bits and bytes on your screen for the non-printers among us).

Because I am fascinated by this process, I want to write down my findings on this blog. I often think about why you photograph in the first place. What makes you click? Why were you triggered at that very moment to grab your camera and capture what was in front of your lens? I will show you that search for answers here on this Substack.

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Marcel Borgstijn

Conceptual photographer from the Netherlands. Author of Darkrooms.