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DARK LOVE: Stories of the darkroom @ Maud Gallery

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It seems that in the digital age many photographers still pine for the days past when the darkroom was familiar territory. While older photographers may have fond memories, today they share their darkroom love with new-comers, mainly younger and digitally native photographers. To honour the past and to celebrate the future of the darkroom we worked with the Director of Maud Creative Gallery Irena Prikryl recently to host a series of events and workshops to recognise analogue photography in contemporary photographic practice.

 

On November 8 a group of photographers responded to the call to attend an event at the gallery called DARK LOVE: Stories of the Darkroom. They were asked to come along with something special about the darkroom and tell a story associated with it. On arrival at the gallery their photographs were prepared and then hung on the wall.  The presentations were timed at around 5 minutes and were quite fascinating.

 

Part of the Dark Love exhibition at Maud Gallery

Part of the Dark Love exhibition at Maud Gallery

What follows is a photo of the attendee, their print and a brief comment about their stories …

 

Alex Buckingham

Alex Buckingham

Alex spoke about working with Liquid Light emulsions

 

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Victoria Cooper

Victoria Cooper discussed the making of this pinhole biscuit tin photo and the challenges of printing the 6x18cm negative

 

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Thomas Oliver

Thomas spoke about his current academic research in the multiple printing of a single negative.

 

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Tammy Forward

Tammy discussed the making of a studio portrait.

 

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Sandy Barrie

Sandy spoke of the dangers of shooting large format in busy Sydney traffic.

 

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Robyn Hills

Robyn told the story of the making of this award winning print – from its origins from a point-n-shoot camera to darkroom high contrast printing ‘Tipp-ex” and a little bit of marker pen…  A great animated performance….

 

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Rob Crapnell

Rob discussed his interest in the darkroom and work with a 6×7 Pentax documenting how old heritage buildings in Brisbane are being cramped by the skyscraper…

 

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Peter Pescell

Peter discussed his use of an ‘ancient’ bellows camera and reloaded 120 aerial film on spools to make this image… the old and the outdated still have currency in analogue…

 

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Michael Stephenson

Michael discussed his modern printing of a series of lantern slides that represented a panorama of Brisbane made in the 1870s(?) by the photographer a Mr Wilson(?).

 

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Louis Lim

Louis spoke of a camera obscura that he made in a children’s hospital as part of an artist in residence. He described the view of Vulture Street in Brisbane on the ceiling of the room and how children visiting the space were enthralled by the images on the ceiling and walls…

 

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Jeff Ryan

Jeff discussed the taking of this photograph and its connection personal connection with he and his brother’s lives. The photo was made relatively recently at a place where Jeff and his brother played as kids 40 years earlier.

 

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Irena Prikryl

Irena’s story related to buying her first serious camera – a Hasselblad and then taking some photos in Grand Central Station in New York. The camera was balanced on a railing and the shutter speed was long…  The photo was recently printed in a Fine Art Print workshop at Maud with Doug+Vicky.

 

 

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Chris Bowes

Chris Bowes was unable to attend but had come by earlier to install his personal investigation of self and sweat by placing un-exposed B&W photopaper against his body. The prints are then process yield a ‘Chemigram’.  Chris will present a floortalk at the gallery. Check the Dark Love page for details…

 

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David Symons

David discussed that the origins of his 1980s photographic series was a response to the work and photobooks of David Hamilton. Hamilton was well known for his ‘soft-porn’ photos of young girls. Symons spoke about how he appropriated Hamilton’s photos by double printing copy negatives through a cracked mud image. Texts from Hamilton’s book were adapted by Symons using a redactive process to reveal an alternative story….

 

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Doug Spowart

I commented about how a recent re-connection with pinhole photography during the Pinhole workshop last weekend had helped to resolve a need for a new project that Vicky and I will be working on next year. I passed around an 8″x10″ film pinhole negative that had revived my interest and love of the darkroom.  PHOTO: Victoria Cooper.

 

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Edwin Wecker

Edwin discussed his experiences with film photography whilst on tour to India with his friend Russell Shakespeare.

 

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Gail Hoger-Neuman

Gail showed some photographs from her early 1990s exhibition ‘Hollywood Stills’ that was shown at Imagery Gallery.

 

Sandy Barrie demonstrates ancient portable daylight enlargers – the oldest was made before 1859.

Sandy Barrie demonstrates ancient portable daylight enlargers – the oldest was made before 1859.

 

Conversations continued after the presentations

Conversations continued after the presentations

The DARK LOVE works were enjoyed and discussed

The DARK LOVE works were enjoyed and discussed

 

CHRIS BOWES FLOORTALK  – 26 November – details to be confirmed

A FINE ART PRINTING WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE ON – Postponed to 2017

A CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP – Details HERE

AND THE FRONT GALLERY WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A CAMERA OBSCURA on November 26 (to be confirmed)

 

 

 

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All portrait photographs and gallery documentations unless credited otherwise ©2016 Doug Spowart

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FESTIVAL OF THE DARKROOM WORKSHOPS: MAUD D/Art – November

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Pinhole image: Victoria Cooper – Byron lighthouse pinhole

Pinhole image: Victoria Cooper – Byron lighthouse pinhole

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(This workshop has been completed)

Session 1 of 2  (November 1, Tues – Melbourne Cup day)  6.00-830pm

Session 2 of 2 (November 6, Sun) 9.30am – 4.00pm

KEY THINGS YOU WILL DO IN THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Make a pinhole camera
  • Make a pinhole
  • Take, process and print black and white film and paper pinhole photographs
  • Introductory B&W darkroom
  • Experience the aesthetic of retro-photography, photo history & hands-on image making

NOTE: THE PROGRAM HAS 2 SESSIONS

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Irena processes film…

FILM PROCESSING WORKSHOP

(This workshop has been completed)

(November 2, Wed)  5.30-830pm

This session will provide you with an opportunity to experience the dark art of B&W FILM PROCESSING. Importantly this session is intended as a ‘see how it’s done’ as well as a ‘do it yourself’ activity. You will be invited to bring along a 35mm-24 exposure or 120 black and white film that will be processed by you as part of the workshop.

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The Maud D/Art Darkroom space

INTRO B+W PRINTING WORKSHOP 

(November 9, Wed)  5.30-830pm

(This workshop has been completed)

In this session you will encounter and experience the Dark Art of PRINTING B&W NEGATIVES. The topics will cover all of the key information required to setup and work in a darkroom making your own prints. If you processed negatives in series 1 you will have a contact sheet made.

This session is a ‘show and tell’ of the following topics. Handouts and URL links to useful sites are included in the session notes provided.

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Making prints in the darkroom

Making prints in the darkroom

PRINTING SUPERVISED WORKSHOP

(November 12, Sat)  1.00-6.00pm

(This workshop has been completed)

A supervised printmaking session using your negatives. After being introduced to an enlarger for the session you will make test prints, select the appropriate contrast grade and use basic print enhancement techniques to produce your own prints.

  • You will work with a specialist darkroom practitioner to direct and support the printing session enabling you to make the most of this special opportunity.
  • This session will include a critique of the work created.
  • After completion of this series participants will be able to hire the Maud Gallery darkroom either as an individual or with mentored support.

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CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP

(November 20, Sun) 9.30am – 4.00pm

(This workshop has been completed)

The Cyanotype Workshop will provide for participants an introduction to the creative potential of the process.

Topics will include:

  • Sourcing and mixing your own chemicals
  • Selecting suitable subjects to image
  • Selecting the best materials to print on
  • Handcoating paper and cloth
  • Sunlight exposures as well as using UVexposure units
  • Processinng and drying

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FINE ART PRINTING WORKSHOP 

(This workshop has been postponed to 2017)

In the FINE ART Print workshop you will learn from the experience of working alongside Doug Spowart & Victoria Cooper hand-making a Fine Art print.

  • In this fine art printing session we will work with one of your negatives so you can learn how to select the best image to work with, print and finish a photograph to the highest FINE ART standard.
  • Working in a small group of 2-3 participants, advanced darkroom techniques, equipment and processes as well as creative printing controls will be demonstrated and performed.
  • At the end of this workshop you will have a finished FINE ART print ready for framing.

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Photobook workshops planned for November 14+15

 

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PHOTOBOOK CONCEPT, DESIGN & PHOTOSHOP

(These workshops have been completed)

 

'You are here..." a photobook by Cooper+Spowart

‘You are here…” a photobook by Cooper+Spowart

HANDMAKING PHOTOBOOKS

 

 

ALCHEMY & THE DARK ARTS – Workshops in the Maud Darkroom

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A NEW SERIES OF B&W PHOTO DARKROOM workshops in the MAUD/Dart will take place in November – details and bookings will be available soon…

 

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Irena processing film in the darkroom

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Irena, the gallery director, has a passion for the world of analogue photography. We have all been working together to develop a focus of fine art photography for Maud Gallery.  Last year we presented some introductory workshops in black and white darkroom titled  ‘ALCHEMY and the Dark Arts’ where we had a lot of fun with a small enthusiastic group.

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Analogue film group shoot-out

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Recently Irena has re-vamped her darkroom at the gallery transforming it to provide a facility for other enthusiasts to hone their photography craft. As part of this new initiative we have designed a series of workshops to re-invigorate the analogue world. The workshops are for small numbers to provide hands-on practical experience for participants. Additionally the darkroom will be available for hire and Maud Gallery has linked with ILFORD to supply those hard to get papers and chemicals.

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The workshops are for small groups and are suitable for people wanting to learn about the art of processing and printing black and white photographs in the darkroom. These workshops may be of interest to you or you may know of someone who has an interest in this area – please feel free to pass on this email.

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Here’s a video of working in the darkroom…

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The workshops are:

 

Series 1 SEEING WHAT DEVELOPS: FILM PROCESSING

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Limited number of 6 participants (min 4 to run) – Demonstration + Practical

This session will provide you with an opportunity to experience the dark art of B&W FILM PROCESSING. Importantly this session is intended as a ‘see how it’s done’ as well as a ‘do it yourself’ activity. You will be invited to bring along a 35mm-24 exposure or 120 black and white film that will be processed by you as part of the workshop.

Who would benefit from this session:

  • People with no previous practical processing or printing experience including those who might have seen darkroom work done but not engaged with it at any significant level
  • Those who may have done darkroom work some time ago and are seeking a refresh program to update them on the contemporary process.

TOPICS: Film processing

  • The workspace
  • Chemicals – preparation/storage/ disposal/Safety
  • Processing tanks
  • Loading spirals
  • The processing sequence – time/temperature/agitation/wash/dry/sleeve
  • What can go wrong
  • Do I have good negs…?

 

This session links with Darkroom Series Parts 2 & 3.

Times: To be advised

Cost: $55 per person (Includes chemicals and negative sleeve)

 

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Series 2 PRINTING B&W NEGS: DEMO SESSION

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Limited number of 6 participants (min 4) – Demonstration + Practical

In this session you will encounter and experience the Dark Art of PRINTING B&W NEGATIVES. The topics will cover all of the key information required to setup and work in a darkroom making your own prints. If you processed negatives in series 1 you will have a contact sheet made.

This session is a ‘show and tell’ of the following topics. Handouts and URL links to useful sites are included in the session notes provided.

Who would benefit from this session:

  • People with no previous practical printing experience including those who might have seen darkroom work done but not engaged with it at any significant level
  • Those who may have done darkroom work some time ago and are seeking a refresh program to update them on the contemporary process.

TOPICS: Printing and darkroom

  • Darkroom design for workflow – Wet/Dry
  • Chemicals and handling / Safety
  • Enlargers – What is a good one…?
  • Preparing the darkroom for print-making
  • Making contact and test prints
  • Making the print
  • Density and contrast / using filters
  • Dodge and burn – localised density and contrast control
  • How to minumise spots, marks and scratches
  • Process / wash / dry
  • Using plastic (RC) paper
  • Setting up an impromptu darkroom in a bathroom or laundry

This session links with Darkroom Series Parts 3: DIY PRINTING.

DATE: To be advised

Cost: $55 per person (includes 1 contact sheet size 10×8 + chemicals)

 

Series 3 DIY PRINTING: SUPERVISED PRACTICAL

2 groups of 3 participants – Practical

A supervised printmaking session using your negatives. After being introduced to an enlarger for the session you will make test prints, select the appropriate contrast grade and use basic print enhancement techniques to produce your own prints.

You will work with a specialist darkroom practitioner to direct and support the printing session enabling you to make the most of this special opportunity.

This session will include a critique of the work created.

After completion of this series participants will be able to hire the Maud Gallery darkroom either as an individual or with mentored support.

DATE: To be advised.

NOTE: This session has a maximum of 3 participants – The first three bookings will be in the first time slot 1.00 – 3.30pm. The next bookings will be in the 3.30 – 6.00pm time slot.

Cost: $115 per person – includes 10 sheets 24x30cm (9.5”x12”) paper valued @ $32 + chemicals

Minimum number of participats to run the workshop is 2.

 

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Series 4 PRINTING A FINE ART MASTERPIECE

 

Doug and an award winning print

Doug and an award winning print

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A full day of working with a darkroom master to create a ‘Fine Art’ print from one of their negatives. At the end of the day the print will be ready for framing.

 

 

Soon details of the Maud Gallery Darkroom hire will be available as well as the availability of photographic chemistries and papers. Mentored darkroom sessions will be available as well for those developing their skills in the Dark Arts.

So, do check out the details in each of the Eventbrite events above and don’t hesitate to contact us should you want some more information.

 

Cheers
Doug+Vicky

 

 

 

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