This course will use some early photographic processes and techniques including; photograms, cyanotype and pinhole cameras to capture different and intriguing plant forms to create unique prints of botanical specimens.
Week 1 Cyanotype
We will explore cyanotypes – a Victorian process originated in the 1840s by John Hershel which produces a characteristically blue print. Anna Atkins was inspired by him and used this process to produce images of plants, ferns, and seaweed. Cyanotypes have also been used to reproduce architectural drawings (known as Blueprints).The process is fairly straightforward, and you will learn how to mix chemicals to produce your own light sensitive paper. Objects are then placed on the paper and exposed to light to create a blue and white photographic image.
Week 2 Photograms
From the beginnings of photography images have been made by placing objects onto light sensitive paper, for example Fox Talbot and his photogenic drawings and Man Ray’s Rayographs.We now refer to images made in this way as photograms. In this session we will be using photographic paper in a darkroom and exposing it to light, learning how to develop and fix the images we create. The results are incredibly effective, visually stunning black and white photographs without using a camera.
Week 3 Anthotypes
An anthotype is an image created using photosensitive material from plants. In this session we will be using plant material to create a photosensitive emulsion to make light sensitive paper on which we can print.All materials are provided but you may want to bring along your own botanical specimens to print.