Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Farewell Bergen Hall


I’m sure it’s not goodbye forever, but it feels like an important moment.

Tonight was my last shift in Bergen Hall as a workstudy building monitor. Since I don’t  have a photography class this quarter, I probably won’t step back into this building as a student. Next time I enter I’ll be an alumni, as I get six months of access to the facilities, for which I am very thankful.


Overall the workstudy job has been enjoyable. I have to say I won’t miss smelling like photo chemicals when I make it home at 12:30 in the morning, but I did enjoy helping people with their inkjet printing and the freedom I had to work on my own reading and writing while on duty.

My last tutoring shift was this past Friday.  I decided to do it in the inkjet labs,  instead of on the first floor where I usually teach, since everyone was scrambling to finish their finals before Monday classes. It was a whirlwind of paper jams, photoshop crashes, corrupted hard drives, incorrect file sizes, and aesthetic calamity. Somehow most people seemed to pull everything together at the last minute though, which I saw as I covered inkjet monitor shifts through the rest of the weekend. Luckily, the ink stores held.

At least till Sunday,  when we ran out of photo-magenta for  the entire canon lab. I feel bad for everyone who left their printing till last minute.


Anyway, it’s been four years here and I do feel ready to move on. I’m honestly not sure if I’ll ever print in the dark room again. Some people are doing interesting work about it, but I’m content to let it be a pleasurable past memory.

I’ve really been enjoying the epsilon printer here, since my film scans come out looking like film again and the cell phone camera murals we printed were delightful, but I always felt like all the paper and chemicals I used in the traditional gangs were sort of wasteful, not to mention the time. Great learning experiences, but not something I need to keep in my workflow. It’s probable that the next time I see the interior of a darkroom it will be as an instructor.

It was meditative and enlightening, but I’m ready to do different things. I’m keeping my film though – I invested in a film scanner a couple years ago and I think it was one of the best moves I’ve ever made.

So, that’s it for Bergen, for now. I’ll miss the fish in the basement the most.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 10:06 pm  

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