Tutor: Brittonie Fletcher
This 6 week 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: Introduction and Overview
This first class will be a chance to go over the materials you will need for each week. It will cover the format of the course and provide an opportunity to answer questions participants may have prior to the hands-on sessions. It will also offer the space for participants to get to know each other and feel confident in the approach and setup required without the pressure of jumping straight into the practical tasks.
Session 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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.
• Session 6: Final Results, Feedback and Questions
The final session is a chance for participants to show their results from Week 5, as well as get feedback on all the work made during the course. It provides a platform to ask questions about any of the processes covered and where necessary the tutor can offer a quick refresher or help participants in any areas they’d like to develop further. This concluding session ensures participants have the time to finish everything, and makes sure everyone feels confident going forward.
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 : © Wendy Kirkup – Anthotype, 2020
Image 3: © Catherine Seagar – Lumens, 2020
Image 4: © Erin Woodbrey – Anthotype, 2020
Image 5: © Wendy Kirkup and Alex Hetherington, New Hybrids 5, 2020
Image 6: © Erin Woodbrey – Anthotype, 2020
Image 7: © Catherine Seagar – Lumens, 2020
Image 8: © 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.