Dapper Dan the concept.
The concept of a darkroom van had been in my head for some time, I needed something to allow me to indulge in my love of wet plate collodion photography while shooting landscapes… So, Dapper Dan, the Darkroom Van was born.
I had settled on Dapper Dan for the name because one of my all-time favourite films is the Coen Brothers ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’. The lead character Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) is always in need of his hair pomade which was called Dapper Dan and the fact that it rhymed with darkroom van fitted perfectly.
So we took this idea to Wrap Monkeys in Sunderland and asked them to design the wrap and graphics. The results are here for everyone to see. I love it absolutely love it.. worth every single penny.
So, what it was made for?
Dapper Dan is my own self contained mobile darkroom allowing me to deliver conventional darkroom workshops as well as wet plate collodion workshops on location. This is a big advantage for wet plate collodion photography as wherever you shoot wet plate photography you need a darkroom alongside.
What’s in Dapper Dan?
Inside Dapper Dan you’ll find all of the necessary chemicals and equipment for both conventional darkroom and wet plate collodion darkroom. It has a full 12-volt system as well as a 230-volt mains system running from a generator. Thankfully it has a 5kw heating system for all year round use, making it a comfortable place to work.
If you would like to follow the adventures of Dapper Dan the Darkroom Van and myself stay tuned for the adventures of Dapper Dan.