Home of the Little Red Hen
First my apologies… I’ve been neglecting the Little Red Hen wordpress site lately, in favour of the immediacy of social networking for getting things done.
Recent events have created lots of new possibilities around here, and so though I should post about the Valentine’s Day show (and I will put pics here), there are so many things happening up here it’s kind of hard to get a grasp on it all, let alone remember to promote/post/blog/tweet/etc…
The most important thing currently going on here and taking much of my focus, is the Darkroom Project, an effort to revive and restore the longest continuously operating darkroom in Canada, here in the Roy Studio building in downtown Peterborough.
Having researched the foundation of an uncompleted MA thesis on the Roy Studio, one could say I know a little about Peterborough’s photographic history… Which is why when I heard our space was becoming available I knew I needed to do something with it. First the gallery, and now this – a publicly accessible wet darkroom for Peterborough… a member based collective of custodians committed to maintaining the tradition of analog photography here where it all began in 1856, when Peter Green purpose-built his fabulous camera-building, with it’s elaborate sloping windows and light tunnel, showrooms and stained glass. It was the height of photographic sophistication in the per-electric era, and thanks to the Roy family’s purchase of the building in 1896, and their continued operation of it as a family business for the next century, it has remained and probably always will remain, a building for photography.
We have a Facebook page for the project, and if you’re interested in using the darkroom, check out the FBGroup, and take the following Survey about usage/fees, etc. The project is still in development, this being the Market Research phase. Thanks for your interest, and here are some pictures of beautiful things available for Valentine’s Day at Gallery in the Attic, we’re open 12-5, Tuesday-Saturday…