Road Trip

Starting Monday, I’ll be blogging from here as I get started in New Orleans. My dad and I will be on the road from May 23rd until the end of June sometime. My brother in-law loaned me his video camera, so I’m going to try and post a few minutes of video everyday in addition to any interesting photos.

30 Responses to Road Trip

  1. doug says:

    I’d love to see the camera when you roll through chicago, maybe even photograph you with it.

  2. would love to see this camera in NOLA. friend of mine is currently thinking about converting an old 20×24 newspaper camera into a large pinhole camera.

  3. Erik says:

    If you come near Indianapolis or Chicago I’d be interested in checking out the process. Found the video very interesting.

  4. Shaun says:

    E-mail me when you’re through Richmond! Would love to show you and your dad the town and my giant camera built from a delivery truck. Best of luck with your tour…

    • darren says:

      That’s a very large camera. Do you process in the truck ad well? A fridge full of beer? Sofa?

      • Shaun says:

        I used to process in the truck, but found it made a horrible mess. Poor ventilation meant that the fumes weren’t doing me any good, either. I typically seal them up and take them back to a basic darkroom to develop them. Right now the truck is mostly a storage unit, but I’ve thought of converting it into a motorhome/camera… Please touch base when you’re through here. A fine Richmond dinner for you and your pops is on me!

        • darren says:

          Shaun, I’m so sorry but we’re now right outside of Philly. I saw your site when I was getting ideas for/building my camera. You’re one of the folks that inspired me to build it.

  5. Very Cool. Go for it Darren. JoeG

  6. Sarah Hodzic says:

    We’d love to see you work your magic if you come to DC. Have a group of photographers in the area that meet monthly and I know they would be excited to see the whole process!
    - Sarah

    • darren says:

      Sarah, I’ll let you know when I’m almost there. Not sure of dates, trip is without a set schedule. Not sure what I’m going to shoot in DC, was thinking Lincoln memorial at night, National Mall, etc.

  7. Erin says:

    Have you decided a date for NC yet?

  8. Mike Ross says:

    when do you plan on being in Atlanta

  9. Sara wickland says:

    Run into any tornados? If you can stay safe, go for those amazing thunderheads. The south has some serious clouds.
    Have a great trip.

  10. jenny says:

    i lived in seeley ca for a while, and am now in the yuma foothills area. have you shot any desert? people told me for years beauty, when i unexpectedly had to camp (rv broke down)in the area, my heart was melted. stark, stunningly quiet beauty.

    from yuma to tucson there are some beautiful scenic areas. would love to see your perspective. your work is brilliant. your passion a joy. thanks.

    • darren says:

      I’ve been wanting to shoot in the desert for a while and I’m sure it will happen at some point. I skipped the southwest on this trip because of time constraints, but it’s on my list. Glad you like my work, there’s much more to come!

    • Namari says:

      This has made my day. I wish all posntigs were this good.

  11. Mark Peeples says:

    Amazing accomplishment Darren! I will be following your journey via the web. Will you be doing any gallery exhibitions after the trip?

    • darren says:

      Thanks Mark! I’ll be showing some work in August back in the city and I’ll be posting a number of photos from this trip in my website as well.

  12. Francis Fullam says:

    I greatly admire what you are doing. And would like to do something similar….perhaps with direct positive paper. Please let me know when you will be in Chicago.

    Best wishes,
    Francis Fullam

    • darren says:

      Hey Francis, I’ve thought about the positive paper, but it’s a bit costly. I’m sure it would work, no problem. I’ll let you know when I’ll be in Chicago.

      • Francis Fullam says:

        I am enjoying following your trip and looking forward to meeting. BTW – what is your lens?


        • darren says:

          I use two different lenses. A slightly long 12-0mm APO Nikkor and a convertable Schneider Symmar 500mm. The Schneider has a shutter and generally gets lots of use, but the Nikkor is sharper and covets much better. I just need to get some tinted acrylic to make a nd filter for it so I can hold that lens cap off a bit longer.

          • Francis Fullam says:

            I did see a 1210 mm Nikkor on line (disassembled) for the astonishing amount of $200 but someone else snapped it up. I think it will be awhile before a spot another one at any price.

            Have really enjoyed your postings and look forward to the pictures.

  13. Becky says:

    I can’t wait to hear when and where you exhibit your prints in SF!

  14. Darren: For my 11×14, I use a 210, 360, 480 and 600, and they all cover it easily.

    I have a longer lens–an 800, but it’s a copy lens and almost impossible to bring to accurate focus. Another problem is obtaining a viable shutter for those big lenses. No one manufactures them anymore.

  15. Jonathan says:


    If your ever out along the San Mateo coast give me a shout, I’d love to take a closer look at your camera. I just finished a 14×17 and am in the process of making a magazine for it.


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