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.
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Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Guy Paterson is an artist that specialises in photography and printmaking. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins. He has work in the public domain and regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally. If you wish to find out more about his work and examples of work done on this course in the past 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.