Cameraless Photography

Reducing photography to its purest form, this course encourages participants to engage with the rudimentary physical action of light and chemicals on a two dimensional surface.  These simple parameters enable a fertile and stimulating crossover between photography, painting, printmaking and graphics...

Taught by: Guy Paterson.

Description

Reducing photography to its purest form, this course encourages participants to engage with the rudimentary physical action of light and chemicals on a two dimensional surface.  These simple parameters enable a fertile and stimulating crossover between photography, painting, printmaking and graphics.  Using the black and white wet darkroom as a base, a series of simple techniques will be introduced and you are given maximum time to explore their creative agendas.  Working within these parameters a surprisingly stimulating and engaging workflow arises.  

Areas explored are:

  • Photograms - dramatic shadow pictures exploring composition and the interaction of two and three dimensional space
  • Contact printing - the inversion of the tones of the image often allows an extra dimension
  • Painting with light - torches are used to control the action of light
  • Chemigrams - applying chemistry locally to influence development
  • Photo-batik - using hand cream on the paper to protect local areas from chemistry
  • Lumen prints - you are shown that a great deal of this graphic activity can take place outside the darkroom and how conventional black and white paper can yield a surprising amount of subtle, beautiful colours

Most students will take away a large body of experimental but presentable work.

Tutor information

Guy Paterson is a print-maker and public artist. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins.  Should you wish to find out more about his work, visit Guy's website at www.guy-paterson.co.uk

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

An assortment of objects, for example:

  • textures
  • grasses
  • flowers
  • feathers
  • leaves
  • photographs
  • photocopies
  • computer printouts
  • Particular attention should be paid to shape, translucency and colour range.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
22/10/2016 - 19/11/2016Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£630Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket