Tutor: Brittonie Fletcher
This short online class is an introduction to plant-based photographic processes! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, lumens, accelerants, chemilumins and make-your-own developers. We will meet via Zoom once a week for presentations and demonstrations where students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for critique and a new demo each week.
• Session 1: Anthotypes & Chlorophyll Printing
Anthotypes date back to the 19th century and a fantastic Scottish scientist Mary Somerville. An emulsion is made from fresh plant material, coated on paper, and then exposed using the sun. Chlorophyll printing is related to Anthotype printing, but instead of using plant juices to create an emulsion, an image is created directly on leaves using an object, stencil, or positive transparency.
• Session 2: DIY Paper Developer
These DIY developers can be made from things found in your kitchen and garden. Learning about the building blocks of photochemistry, we will create eco-friendly chemistry to process both our black and white contact prints/photograms at home.
• Session 3: DIY Film Developer
In this session we will build on our successes with DIY developers for paper and apply it to film (which is more sensitive and specific to chemistry).
• Session 4: Lumens and Accelerants on film and paper
Lumens are camera-less prints made with materials in direct contact with photographic papers. Accelerated lumen prints are made by using organic, nontoxic chemistry directly onto film and paper with increased exposure times. These can then be fixed and printed from to create wildly coloured and unpredictable prints of great beauty.
For this course, you will need to source a variety of materials in advance of each session. Most can be found locally and are relatively inexpensive. The full materials list can be downloaded here: Eco Darkroom Materials List, but the tutor will provide specific instruction week-by-week.
All sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.
Images all produced by past course participants:
Image 1 : © Wendy Kirkup and Alex Hetherington, New Hybrids, 2020
Image 2: © Catherine Seagar – Lumens, 2020
Image 3: © Erin Woodbrey – Anthotype, 2020
Image 4: © Wendy Kirkup and Alex Hetherington, New Hybrids 5, 2020
Image 5: © Erin Woodbrey – Anthotype, 2020
Image 6: © Catherine Seagar – Lumens, 2020
Image 7: © Catherine Seagar – Lumens, 2020
Please note: all sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.
Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.