Eco Darkroom


***new dates coming soon***

We are now offering our popular online course in-house!
This course is an introduction to plant-based photographic processes. It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, lumens, accelerants, chemilumins and make-your-own developers!


Tutor: Brittonie Fletcher

This 5 week in-house class is an introduction to plant-based photographic processes. It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, lumens, accelerants, chemilumins and make-your-own developers. Key differences between the in-person and online classes include:
In-house: Each session will be 3 hours long and all materials will be provided for these classes. In this face-to-face course, students can work on different techniques in class, with additional work outside of this subject to the individual’s preferences.
Online: Each session is 2 hours. The online course has a Materials list that will need to be sourced and supplied by the student. Students will continue to work on techniques outside of class in order to complete the practical tasks.  If you would prefer to learn online please click here for further details and to book.

• Session 1: Introduction and Overview
During this first session, we will begin by making exposures in-camera for future use with the DIY Developer. We will also cover the format of the course and provide an opportunity to answer questions participants may have prior to the hands-on sessions. It will 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.

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

Courses are subject to minimum enrolment. Please register early, within five days of the start date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking.

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.