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The Darkroom: Foreword
Author: Jonathan Hart
Groups: Darkroom
Categories: Sitka Family
Jul 15, 2013

You see a great photo. And it is great – iconic even – tugging at your eyes with its peculiar gravity.

In that instant, you probably don't imagine the photographer fitting a roll of film into his camera, adjusting the settings, framing the shot – did he use a tripod? You probably don't think about his work in the Darkroom, how he processed the negatives, the filters on the enlarger, the countless attempts it took to get the image just right. 

You don't immediately think about the person behind the lens and his process, because in a truly great image, all you see is the subject: Five Marines and a Navy Corpsman hoisting the American Flag, steelworkers taking lunch 69 stories up, Ali shouting at a defeated Sonny Liston, "Get up and fight, sucker." Great photographs speak for themselves. They broaden our experience and make it more interesting to be human. 

We believe the same is true of great gear. 

In the last eight years, our clan of artists/engineers/designers/hunters invented – and continue to elevate – technical clothing for mountain hunters. Then we did it for whitetail hunters. And then again for waterfowl hunters.

Back in the beginning, we started this blog called Sitka Insight to give you an inside look into what we were up to, how we were forever changing the hunting industry. We kept at it as long as we could, but your insatiable demand for gear gave us more work than we could handle, and for us, the gear always comes first. We eventually passed Insight on to our Athletes, Prostaff and Ambassadors, and with it they keep us updated with their incredible stories of the gear in the field. 

But we've really missed having you behind the scenes.

So this is the Darkroom, where we'll show you who we are and how we develop the gear that changes how we hunt: hunting in every condition imaginable, identifying a problem, envisioning a solution, sketching it out, building prototype after prototype, testing both scientifically and experientially, and arriving either back at the sketching table, or hopefully – miraculously – at a piece of equipment that will serve you for many seasons to come.

Just like an iconic photo, great gear speaks for itself. You can enjoy it without looking beyond to the ingenuity, sweat, design and testing that went into it. But for those who want to peer into the murk…

Welcome to the Darkroom.

– Sitka Founder, Jonathan Hart

My hunting buddies always expect me to start still hunting while sitting for whitetails because I always got cold fast. Now I just sit as long as I want with my Sitka gear. I love it all, especially the fanatic bibs and jacket.
Posted by Dave on Jan 15, 2015 7:45 PM
Since my association with Sitka I am know as the "Sitka Man" but the next time I guide my clients they to are wearing nothing but the best, SITKA Gear. I can't wait to see what's new for 2015
Posted by Steve Hanning on Jan 15, 2015 6:33 PM
Looking forward to seeing all the new stuff, keep bringing out the good gear that true hunters want!
Posted by Brett K. on Jan 15, 2015 3:42 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Sitka Gear!
Posted by Brandon Thome-Neitzel on Sep 6, 2013 3:14 PM
Great new sight, world class gear as always. I true lay can't wait for the bow season to open and see what the dark room brings. Job well done.
Posted by Rick Franco on Aug 6, 2013 7:46 AM
Your innovation leadership is now complimented by well thought out and useful consumer eductaion, not to mention staifying the "itch" in between seasons.
Posted by Rob Eldridge on Jul 17, 2013 12:52 PM
I really like the new website and I love your products. I've recently stocked up on lots of new Sitka gear in preparation for my first elk hunt in CO. Thanks for making a great product and if you ever need another product tester I would gladly help out! ;-)
Posted by John Farley on Jul 15, 2013 5:55 PM
Outstanding; can't wait!
Posted by Luke Johnson on Jul 15, 2013 5:10 PM
Brilliant. Everything about Sitka Gear and your company is brilliant.
Posted by Barrett Johnson on Jul 12, 2013 3:39 AM
Great concept from the company on the cutting edge of hunting gear. Can't wait to see the next chapter, and thanks for the transparency of how a sketch becomes a proto, and finally a product to use and abuse in the mountains. Keep it coming!
Posted by Tim Hoffer on Jul 10, 2013 4:24 PM
Just wanted to say that the new site is great! Im looking forward to a great archery season using Sitka Gear.
Posted by Dustin on Jul 9, 2013 8:04 PM

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