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.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
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
Please bring with you to the first session:
An assortment of objects, for example:
- computer printouts
- Particular attention should be paid to shape, translucency and colour range.