My first elected/chosen workshop. Having always had a fascination for Photography from such a young age, I thought it sagacious to snap up this terrific opportunity. I did not know what to initially expect on this workshop, but nonetheless I brought my Canon EOS 750D SLR. The Photography/Video department was situated in N-Block, specifically N0.01.
Malcolm, the Photography/Video TD, began introducing us to the benefit of using Photography within our own practice. Documenting our work, blogs, research, practice progression and recording experiments could all be enhanced with using high quality photographic images. He informed us that workshops will become available within Term 2, straight after Christmas. No brainer for me, I am signed up already!!
The session flowed extremely well and was wonderfully involving. Slides were shown of how effective Photographic practice within individual practice can be. Previous students’ work was demonstrated to inform us of what can be achieved if you use opportunities wisely.
Some of the ideas, to be used within my practice, absorbed are as follow:
- Employ textile design with old & recycled furniture. Utilise functionality of high-end Photography to advertise work in a creative and innovative manner.
- Photo Collage – Fabric/Stitch/Print. How will photographic paper take to being stitched into/printed on?
- Using Photography to create an Artists book/photo-book/visual diary.
- Can use the print Room in A-Block for large jobs/Digital Print.
- When producing Business cards less is more, leave some space for your personal information.
- Research the history/practice of producing CYANOTYPES, KALLITYPES and PHOTOGRAMS.
CYANOTYPE – ‘Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide’. Exert taken from Wikipedia.
(Above) Anna Atkins “Papaver Rhoeas, 1845.”
KALLITYPE – ‘Kallitype is a process for making photographic prints. Patented in 1889 by W. W. J. Nicol, the Kallitype print is an iron-silver process. A chemical process similar to the Van Dyke brown based on the use of a combination of ferric and silver salts. While Van Dyke brown and argyrotype use ferric ammonium citrate, the light-sensitive element used for the Kallitype is ferric oxalate. The use of ferric oxalate allows for both extended shadow definition (higher DMAX) and contrast control’. Exert taken from Wikipedia.
(Above) Paul Romaniuk “Untitled/Untoned Kallitype, 2011”
PHOTOGRAM – ‘A Photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey. The technique is sometimes called cameraless photography. It was used by Man Ray in his exploration of rayographs. Other artists who have experimented with the technique include László Moholy-Nagy, Christian Schad (who called them “Schadographs”), Imogen Cunningham and Pablo Picasso. Variations of the technique have also been used for scientific purposes’.
(Above) Killian Breier “Photogram, 1957”
This is just a small introduction to these 3 processes, to gain a better understanding I will exploit the knowledge of Cardiff Met Library.
One of the most exciting aspects of these Photography workshops will be the ability to learn how to develop my own photographs through the medium of 35mm film. There is nothing quite like developing film and creating the images on photographic paper, digital does not give the same results. I find that digital images lack the glorious imperfections of film that make it so deep and full of character.
If I ever need to contact Malcolm or Kim (TD’s)
Fascinating workshop. My mind is in overdrive. Research time.