Interstate highways, take me home

We’re currently cruising across Ohio on 70 East with a carload of darkroom equipment donated by Stan Strembicki. We had an educational morning, learning to take apart our new enlarger at the school house, then touring Stan’s studio out at Tyson research center. He’s farming books, planting old volumes in the surrounding woods, then photographing the decay. He pulled more goodies from his photographic supply there, loading us up with safe lights, chemical trays, a light table, paper boxes and more. We were honored to receive such a bounty, and look forward to putting it to use. Planning and building our darkroom will be our big December project.

After a long backup caused by two
colliding semis, we have three more hours to chase slick taillight reflections, but our spirits are bright.
Current song playing in the car: Linus and Lucy
Projected daily mileage: 573







About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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