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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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Current work

Sorry it’s been so long between posts.  The final year of my degree has kept me very busy and I’ve had little time for blogging pursuits.  I just wanted to let you know what I’ve been working on.  I need to shoot a series of images for assessment and to exhibit by the end of October.  I am currently documenting the life of a person close to me who has very little time left…I began this series by photographing his home and belongings as a way of documenting the person without photographing him personally.  I see it as a documented biography shown through the comfort of home.

These images are only a starting point for further exploration.  I hope to further delve into his past and uncover what he believes have been the standout experiences of his long life.  Although I have been currently shooting digitally, I hope to produce the final selection of images using monochrome film.

excerpt from artists statement:

Gaston Bachelard discusses the virtue of the shelter in his book ‘The Poetics of Space’ and it’s this philosophy that has been adapted for this series of images, based around the home of a dear family friend.  Childhood memories of visiting this place as a child are vivid.  It’s only returning as an adult that many of the objects that were naively dismissed in the past are revealed to have intimate stories behind them.  A well-worn chair, a painting of a raging sea or a well trodden garden path come together to form a narrative of both the house and its occupant.

But what becomes of this place once the owner has left?  If a person knows that they have little time left on this earth, what becomes of the objects left behind?  What began as a series about childhood memory and space resulted in a documentary about home and the objects within.  The images become a preservation of the now, the capture of the still-life behind a beating heart.  Once this heart stops, only the images left behind will remind us of what there once was.

I was also lucky enough to have one of these images selected to exhibit in a group show during SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival during August.  I hope to post more of my images as the series progresses.

All images by Kylie Macey.

 

 

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2012…and beyond

I must say, 2011 wasn’t one of my better years. I lost my job, gained another and then lost that. However, I’m now in a job that I love which also allows me to return to Art School and hopefully finish this bloody degree that’s taken me years so far…I SHOULD graduate by the end of 2012.

2012 will hopefully bring me much more creative inspiration, I’ll pick up my camera more often and hopefully finish reading the pile of books on my studio floor.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy NYE and a creative and inspirational 2012. I’ve included some of my recent phone pics to finish off the year. Enjoy the Summer…or Winter xxK

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My lovely dog Ruby

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2011…the year ahead

This year will be a busy one…I will be finally graduating from Art College.  I am currently undecided on the direction of my graduation exhibition images but I plan to keep you all updated on my blog, with any feedback appreciated.

I currently have a journal of ideas with black and white imagery featuring highly.  I think the satisfaction of taking the images and printing them myself is currently outweighing anything I could produce either digitally or with colour film.  Then again, I have a habit of changing my mind at the last minute.

Recently, I have been researching tilt-shift photography both in-camera and digitally manipulated imagery in Photoshop.  I gave this technique a go late last year during an assignment and was pretty happy with the result considering it was my first attempt.

This photograph was taken from the top of a carpark then manipulated in Photoshop for the result that you see here.  There are many photographers working today that use this technique and there are many ways to get similar results using many different methods.  The Photoshop method is possibly the cheapest and easiest way but there are lenses that when attached to a camera, give similar results.  Purpose built lenses are very expensive though.  However, I came across a publication through the Magcloud website that gives photographers DIY guides on how to build their own tilt-shift lenses using regular lenses and a few other materials at much less cost than the real thing.

I don’t have to come up with my final photo series until later in the year, so in the meantime I plan to experiment with a few different techniques and concepts for the next few months and see what happens…stay tuned!

Here are some more examples of tilt-shift photography from other photographers courtesy of Smashing Magazine.

 

Christopher Chan - Sydney Apple Store

 

 

London Bus

 

 

NYC Central Station

 

 

Timmy Toucan

More examples of tilt-shift photography can be found here.  Information about Magcloud can be found here.

 

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