ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: SOLARGRAPHY AND LUMEN PRINTING
with Pauline Woolley
26 August 2022 – 28 August 2022
Somerset, United Kingdom
This practical 3 part day and night workshop with Pauline Woolley, will explore alternative photography techniques including how to make your own pinhole cameras to produce solargraphy and how to develop your own Lumen prints without using a camera at all.
Part 1 – Solargraphy
You will learn how to make two types of solargraph cameras. The first is from 35mm empty film canisters, the second will be from empty drinks can. You will then be shown how to install the camera, expose and process your long exposure of the sun.
Part 2 – Lumen printing
You will learn how to make camera-less images otherwise known as lumen prints using natural items such as leaves and flowers and other objects of interest. This involves placing objects onto photosensitive paper and exposing them to sunlight. Pauline will also demonstrate other light-sensitive techniques such as pre-prepared cyanotype paper and turmeric and alcohol on paper and inkjet paper, as alternative methods for you to experiment with.
Part 3 – Under a night sky
Having spent the day creating images using our own sun camera, we will come together to enjoy a clear night sky and see some other stars. You will be introduced to a sky app called Stellarium so that after the course you can explore the night sky in your own time and understand the rhythm of the sky.
Pauline will also introduce you to phone camera apps that can be used to take basic wide-view images of the night sky, and for those students who wish to bring it along, a simple set-up for doing the same with a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
We will then be outside to unwind under the night sky and weather permitting see some celestial objects through a telescope.
Accommodation is provided with this course and is an essential component as you will be staying into the evening to experience the night sky. This also makes the course a fully immersive learning experience, giving you the time and space to develop a new peer network with the other course participants.
By the end of the course you will:
* Have acquired the skills to be able to make your own cameras at home
* Be able to make simple sun based camera-less images to explore further in your practice
* Have an understanding of the night sky and how to use available apps to help you navigate this further
No prior knowledge is needed for this course and is aimed at beginners who are interested in alternative photographic techniques, light and the night sky. A willingness to have a go is the only thing needed!
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