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Photographers emphasize old-style methods in digital age

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In an age of digital cameras, a group of Nashville photographers is coming together to save a very important part of their craft.

In our current digital age, many of us take a picture with our phone and never get it developed.

But a group in east Nashville is working to protect the old way of doing things in photography dark rooms.

During photographer Alan Messer's 45-year career, he's taken pictures of musicians like John Lennon and Johnny Cash.

Messer's quick to point out that it's much more than just taking the picture, because there's an art to developing it.

"I was brought up with black and white film and printing. I was enthused and very delighted that a community dark room is being put together here," said Messer.

He wants others to have the same opportunity, so he's thrilled about the project.

The plan calls for a space that will hold up to 20 people at a time and give them the tools to create their own images.

"We want to get kids involved and excited about photography and teach classes to people. We want them to discover the love of a handmade craft," said Heather Lose, a board member for the Nashville community dark room.

They hope the dark room will give the many talented photographers who call Nashville home and opportunity to showcase their work.

The project recently finished a fundraising campaign, but unfortunately just missed their goal. Organizers said they will have a few others opportunities for the public to help in the future.

Visit the links below to learn more about the project:

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