Waterfall Arts is bucking the predominance of digital photography by opening a fully equipped traditional darkroom on the third floor of its building at 256 High St. The darkroom and other studios will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. during the Fourth Friday Art Walk Oct. 23.

The darkroom will be used for teaching and will be available to the public as a rental. Mike Fletcher will teach the basics of black and white photography in a six-week class held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 26. Fletcher is an accomplished photographer and believes that there is no better introduction to the fine art of photography than learning to shoot, process and print black and white photographs from film.

“Making photographs is all about the process; slowing down with this older technology opens up new creative possibilities,” he said.

Although physical darkrooms are considered old school, they are regaining popularity due to the meditative process and the unique look of photographs done this traditional, magical way. To register for the class or to make inquiries, call the office or stop by.

Waterfall Arts’ galleries and print and clay studios also will be open for visitors during the Fourth Friday Art Walk, and some of the resident artists will have their studios open, as well. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org; stop by; or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.