In todays age of instant gratification it is easy to see why the preference runs for digital material, it is quick versatile and very share friendly.. So some time ago I aimed to bridge a gap by digitising my art, only like many of us I didn’t really like everything I was producing.
Why? I can’t ever imagine, the only advice I could ever see giving to my just turned twenty something self is generally a massive slap in the face.
None the less I spent countless hours and funds on rolls of film which I fed through several cameras of varying quality which I developed, printed and X-processed to then scan. Do I remember shooting most of these? Not entirely no… do I like them now? yes. Because to me they are honest. A slice of time that was before today.
And this is why I have now compiled them into a gallery. I solemnly swear to like my own work more from now on.
For the past few weeks I’ve been busy making some Cyanotypes for the first annual Creatives Unleashed Expo in Parramatta, This event will be showcasing a broad variety of creative talent from all around Sydney this mothers day.
This will be an oportunity for those who’d like to purchase some of my art.
Cyanotype during exposure
Photogram exposed under ultra violet light
Washing out Cyanotypes
Creatives Unleashed will be exhibiting multiple forms of talent from artists, to musicians, dancers, performers and designers. The event will be held on this mothers day, so please do come and and say hello.
Just under 2 weeks ago I attended Australia’s first Wet Plate Collodion Gathering at Goldstreet Studios in Victoria, Facilitated by the masterful Craig Tuffin. It was great to get back into some large format shooting.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite Tintypes from the day
Here is a large format plate of our group by Craig
And a video of the exposed plate being fixed after development
Special shoutouts go to:
Ellie Young for a lend of a camera
Craig Tuffin for being a great instructor & facilitator
Astrid Piepschyk for her masterful tips and providing me with a crash course demo
Melissa Anderson for the fun times and tips for my flash burned eyes.
All in all fun times were had, Keep watching this space in comming weeks for some of my work from the streets Melbourne after the gathering.
All in all I’ve had a great experience so far making Tin Types and wondering the streets of Melbourne (just walking in any direction that takes my fancy) I’ve met a couple dozen new friends, many of them amazing photographers both at Goldstreet and on the Streets. I would like to say you’ve all been amazing and I’ve enjoyed trading tips, tricks and ideas, (and among other things learning first hand about the effects of flash burn on one’s eyes) It’s been great and I’d more than happy to maintain contact with any of you.
Anyhow time is short and shots are yet to be developed and uploaded so stay tuned for the recap and images within the next week or so.
Every now and then I drag out a camera made from a coke can, magnet and waffer tin to try and capture something interesting.
There is no shutter, no glass and a very tiny fixed aperture making for freedom to do things a little intuitively rather than working with bulky studio equipment.
I can do single or multiple exposures, refit and re adjust paper between exposures to creative various effects, these images then are captured on 5″x7″ black & white photographic paper and hand developed in small trays of chemicals.
If we look back to when I was printing Mr Steedman onto a board you may remember that I met with a sanding mishap in the final stages of finishing (This is why powertools can never fully replace good old hand craftmanship) anyhow, I thought on a solution for a few months and rather than start again re-styled the whole board.I think the new rough worn “vintaged” look works, So well infact that It has already changed hands and will not likely see exhibition.
Some boredom this afternoon prompted me to make a cup of tea and dip some paper into it, with a few test prints kicking about that I no longer had any use for I decided to try “tea toning” some Cyanotypes.
This is a Blue Sunprint premade cyanotype paper I experimented with a while back, this is the same contact print from a 5×4 negative developed in PMK pyro, Note that although the after image is softer a small amount of the highlight detail has been “developed” back in by the tea.
Here are two prints which were quite similar before toning, The usual prussian blues have turned an almost chocolate colour, the change is quite pretty.
I found the best results from images with fuller a tonal range, Cyanotypes of my favorite woodcuts did not tone too well compared to these, I shall endeavor to make more tests with some nicer prints soon.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon in the darkroom testing out some new paper (12×16 in Ilford Multigrade IV RC De Luxe Gloss for those of you interested) all the while using a few of the old favorites along side a skateboard.
After a few prints of Mr Calamity Hawkins (which would test the amount of drying space I’d have available) I decided to look for something a little different, While flipping through sheets of negatives I came across a picture of a good friend of mine Mark Steedman and thought I’d make a test print. Wow is all I can say… I ended up printing the same image on a few sheets of the ilford mg, some old ilfobrom and then thought I’d might as well make a full afternoon of it and chemically printed his face onto a skateboard. All in all a good day.
I shall leave you with this small gallery, I will share more pictures of the board once I have gone through the sealing and finishing stages.
Look out for more of these as there will be an exhibition of them at a later date.