Having worked as a professional photographer for nearly four decades, I am now somewhat retired and at last have time to do my own thing artistically.
While I truly miss the aromas of the darkroom, I have become somewhat proficient with areas of photoshop and the like. In many ways its easier and less time involved; we don’t have to bring mix our programs at specific ratios nor bring our computers up to a prescribed temperature within a quarter to half degree and we certainly don’t always have to work in the dark.
While there are a few things in “shop” that simply can’t replicate what we once did as we bumped about in darkness, dealing in the new age is in other ways, just as exciting.
I’m sure that some day in the near future, some sentimentalist will develop and release a program for digital manipulation that includes the wafting smell of fixer or stop bath, but until then, I shall merrily spend vast hours sitting on my kiester before an emanating flat screen. The magic is still here, it merely comes in pixels now.