Debra Roets


ÔÇťAlong the road” was a trip taken in 2006 in search of the kokerboom, or quiver tree which is indigenous to Southern Namibia. With her personal work she always shoots on film, so as to maintain her skill in the darkroom and preserve the magic of this process. In South Africa there are limited papers available for printing B&W photographs and Debra was introduced to gelatine silver printing by a friend. She immediately fell in love with the technique. Gelatin silver prints were the most common means of making B&W prints from negatives. The method was developed in the 1870’s and by 1895 had generally replaced albumen prints. Here wood has been coated with a layer of gelatin which contains light sensitive silver salts. It is then exposed in the darkroom under an enlarger and put through the developer, stop and fixer baths to produce the prints seen on display.