I live in northwest Italy, a region that has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Just like millions of people all over the world, I have been socially distancing for the past weeks, staying home and going out just to buy food and other necessities. However, even during this grim period, my love of photography has not died down. On the contrary, I feel now more than ever the need to document my life in this unthinkable moment in modern history. And, while I’m at it, I may as well use the extra free time for some experimenting!
It is rare for me to come across a monochrome film developing chemistry that I have not seen or heard of before, particularly in Japan. So when I noticed Swiss company ARS-Imago’s relatively recently released Monobath MB chemistry on the shelf at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, Tokyo, I thought I might give it a go.