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Hand-colouring photographic prints

It has been so long between postings I almost forgot I actually had a blog.  The last few months have been quite hectic but I have managed to squeeze in a couple of photographic workshops.  Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a hand-colouring workshop with the amazing artist Nici Cumpston.  An artist of Irish and Barkindji Aboriginal heritage, Nici has a resolute passion for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the recognition of their various artistic practices.  She is also an accomplished photographer, writer, curator and educator who managed to take a few hours out of her very busy schedule to teach a small group of photographers the art of hand-colouring monochrome prints.

There are many mediums that can be used to handcolour prints including pencil, acrylics, watercolours, oil paints, pastels and crayons.  Over the course of five hours, Nici demonstated her techniques and tips on using the various art mediums and encouraged us to experiment.  I have included examples of Nici’s work, Kate Breakey’s work (another wonderful hand-colourist) and my attempts during the workshop.

Nici Cumpston Leopard Tree 2011 archival inkjet print hand coloured with synthetic polymer paint

Nici Cumpston
Leopard Tree 2011
archival inkjet print hand coloured with synthetic polymer paint

Nici Cumpston Shards 2012 archival inkjet print hand coloured with synthetic polymer paint.

Nici Cumpston
Shards 2012
archival inkjet print hand coloured with synthetic polymer paint

Kate Breakey Butterfly from the series "Small Deaths" 1995-2006 silver gelatin photograph coloured with oil and pencil

Kate Breakey
Butterfly from the series “Small Deaths” 1995-2006
silver gelatin photograph coloured with oil and pencil

Kate Breakey Still Life 1995-2004 silver gelatin photograph coloured with oil an pencil

Kate Breakey
Still Life 1995-2004
silver gelatin photograph coloured with oil and pencil

I have included a couple of my images prior to my attempts at hand-colouring.  These are 8 x 10 in. hand-printed silver gelatin prints on Fomaspeed Variant 312 Multigrade Matt paper.

Almond Blossoms 2014 silver gelatin print

Almond Blossoms 2014
silver gelatin print

Under the Bridge 2014 silver gelatin print

Under the Bridge 2014
silver gelatin print

silver gelatin prints handcoloured with oil crayon and coloured pencil

silver gelatin prints handcoloured with oil crayon and coloured pencil

Apologies for the clarity of the above image as it was taken with a mobile phone.  I was quite pleased with my first attempts and I found that pencil was the most receptive medium to work with.  I plan to continue experimenting and practicing the various techniques in the hope to become proficent enough to possibly exhibit some images in the future.

The materials that were used during the workshop were:

  • Stabilo ‘woody’ pencils
  • Prismacolour Premier pencils
  • Lukas Studio oil paints
  • Golden High Flow Acrylics
  • Golden High Flow Refillable Acrylic Markers
  • sea sponges, cotton wool, ear buds and taklon brushes
  • Krylon Preserve It! spray for inkjet prints (inkjet prints must be sprayed prior to hand-colouring to avoid smudging)

all of these can be obtained from most reputable art supply stores and Ebay.  Thanks go to Aurelia and Alex for hosting another great workshop (and awesome lunch) at the Analogue Lab.  Hopefully it won’t be this long again before another post.  Cheers!

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Pinhole Photography

Last Sunday I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop on Pinhole Photography at The Analogue Laboratory.  6 fun-filled hours of wandering around with a pinhole camera and having a play in the darkroom….aahh bliss.

Alex Bishop-Thorpe and Aurelia Carbone are two very talented Adelaide artists who run this facility within the Fontanelle Gallery and Studio complex at Bowden, South Australia.  It is an artist run space that specialises in traditional and experimental photographic techniques and they often run workshops.  This recent workshop was the first that I had attended and I hope to attend others later in the year.

Here are some of the images that sprouted from this workshop.  Not masterpieces by any means, but examples of photo image making using what you have at hand.  Alex made us all a 4 x 5 pinhole camera to use on the day out of MDF and rubber bands.  I also made a camera out of a paint tin.  Through trial and error it is possible to produce decent images using a pinhole camera.

BowdenFactory1

4 x 5 pinhole camera

FontanelleYard2

BowdenStreet6

pinhole panoramas using a paint tin as the camera

BowdenStreet3

FontanelleYard

I’ve also just bought myself a panoramic pinhole lomo camera which I’m yet to use.  Looking forward to getting out and seeing what I can come up with.

Details about The Analogue Laboratory can be found here

The next Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is April 28 2013.  Details available here

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Mohammadreza Mirzaei

Mohammadreza Mirzaei photographs with precision and dispassion. Setting up his camera at a distance, he sees and records anonymous people making cameo appearances, alone or in groups, frozen against backdrops of expansive and empty white skies.  The following images are from the series Humans.

Mohammadreza is a Tehran born and based photographer.  He is also the founder and editor of Dide Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography. More of his work can be found here.

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Ellen Von Unwerth

Model turned Photographer Ellen Von Unwerth captures images that ooze sexuality but in a beautiful way.  Ubiquitous, bold, and imaginative, her work features the faces and bodies of today’s top models and celebrities shot in her signature black and white style.

On a personal level, I’ve loved Ellen’s work since the early 90s in the way she photographs the female form…overtly sexy but not trashy.  Beautiful women, high contrast black and white in a film noir style…what’s not to like?

Her retrospective publication ‘Fraulein’ is available from Taschen.

more information about Ellen and her work can be found here

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Nathan Harger

Nathan Harger is an American photographer based in Brooklyn NY.  His interest in the infrastructure of American industry is what drives his photographic practice.  Initially, he attended art school to become a designer but fell in love with the ‘instant gratification’ that photography provided and instead turned his camera on the industrial fringe of New York and its surroundings.

His resulting prints are usually so high in contrast that there are no shades but black and white; giving the objects of his images a completely different dimension and providing for definition in line and repetition in pattern.

info via Feature Shoot. More of Nathan’s work can be found here.

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Black & White

The images below are a selection of my favourite black and white photographs from various photographers.  They are all different but together form an interesting collection by showcasing how beautiful black and white photography can be.  As a photographer, there is something intensely gratifying about processing and printing your own work.

Photographer - Jana Stolzer

Photographer - Aneta Kowalczyk

Photographer - Mitch Dobrowner

Photographer - Rodney Smith

Photographer - Sally Mann

More images from these photographers can be found here – Jana Stolzer, Aneta Kowalczyk, Mitch Dobrowner, Rodney Smith and Sally Mann

 

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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Take one Faraday generator and some photographic dry plates = Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Lightning Fields series of images…ENJOY!

Images by Hiroshi Sugimoto.  More information on this series can be found here.  He is also exhibiting on Cockatoo Island during the Sydney Biennale.



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