If you live in the Fort Worth area and need film developed, or Christmas cards, or any of that sort of thing, please consider taking your business to Barron Photografix just off 7th Avenue, where the old Montgomery Wards is. Actually, they have a website and take online orders as well.
Obviously, I haven’t gotten my pictures back yet and I don’t know if I’ll ever be in a place to speak to the quality, but based on my very brief encounter with the gentleman who took my cameras and made my transaction very quick and very smooth, I feel like the least I can do is recommend them. Aside from the fact that it would be supporting a local business in a part of town that is undergoing a revival and in normal circumstances that alone would be enough for me to encourage people to use them, he made what could have been a very unpleasant situation as painless as possible and understood why it was important for me to get through it as quickly as I could and customer service should be recognized and rewarded.
Funny how things you haven’t thought of in years come flooding back. I could have been taken into that building blindfolded and told you they processed film. How long has it been since I last sat in the darkroom with my dad, under the red light, watching as he developed rolls of film or sheet after sheet of prints? I loved watching the images appear on the paper as they soaked in the pans. I remember the first time I watched my own shots develop as I timed them in the darkroom at school. I’d intended to ask, “Do you process film here?” as I walked in, wanting to make sure my cameras weren’t going to be shipped off somewhere adding another layer of risk to the scenario. Instead, I said, “Good, you process film here.”