This Easter we were joined by nine 8-12 year olds from Liberton Primary School for Junior Snappers.
Junior Snappers is a holiday club which allows individuals the opportunity to explore different photographic techniques under the guidance of two photographic artists. Using Stills facilities and professional equipment the young people were taught new skills that they might not otherwise have access to.
Day one was back to basics with an introduction to making prints in the darkroom. The Snappers enjoyed making photograms and produced such great images that we decided to make a life sized photogram on a piece of paper measuring over 1 meter long!
Day two was an introduction to Digital SLR cameras. Learning how to hold the camera, focus and make correct exposures. The new skills were put to the test when seeking out reflections in the National Museum of Scotland.
It was a history lesson on day three as we ventured up to Calton Hill – the original stomping ground of photographic pioneers Hill and Adamson. Armed with inspirational images the group recreated some of the famous duo’s most iconic images. Shot digitally these images were taken back to the digital lab where we used Photoshop to make some alterations and create digital negatives.
Back into the darkroom on day four to make prints from the previous day’s shoot. Black and white prints were stained with tea and coffee to give them an authentic ‘old-fashioned’ sepia tone.
The final day was based around images from the Margaret Morris collection – the current exhibition in the gallery. The Snappers guided each other to contort into various group poses to mimic the work in the gallery. The photo shoot was followed by some Photoshop manipulation which concluded the photography packed week.
Thank you to Cashback for Creativity for your generous support in making this project possible.