One of the joys of b&w is the ease with which film can be processed. You don’t even need a darkroom for that. For printing you do need a darkroom. Standing in the dark with a dim red light watching a print appear on a blank piece of paper is pure magic.
Then color film and processing became the norm, so I switched to color. When film became a photographic “niche” I switched, again, this time to digital.
It was a difficult transition for me, but I now shoot digital. I still don’t believe that digital images are quite “real” until I print them. –Sally Mack, May 11, 2020