In this all-day workshop, participants will build their own pinhole camera out of a coffee can and use it as a camera create unique images. The plan for the day is roughly:
Intro + Short Movie (15 - 20 minutes)
After a short hello and a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), we will watch a short video in our darkroom cinema. This video will explain how a pinhole camera works, demonstrating a number of examples and methods of artists who work with pinhole photography.
Making Coffee Can Pinhole Cameras (30 minutes)
We will jump right into making our cameras so we can start making photographs as soon as possible. Building the camera will make it clear how the apparatus works and how we will use them!
Group Image (1 hour)
We will use the cameras we have just made to produce a giant joint group image. This task will demonstrate how you work out the exposure time needed to make a pinhole photograph. We will then learn how to use photographic chemistry to develop the image in the darkroom.
Lunch (30 minutes)
This is pretty self-explanatory.
Individual Image Making (2-3 hours)
If the weather is not great outside we will work in the lab either exploring portraiture (flash/studio, dress up/period), still life (setting up objects) or experimental techniques (moving/drawing effects, scanning undeveloped paper images Talbot* style). If the weather is awesome then we take dark bags and a big pile of photographic paper outside. Each person should make 4 - 8 exposures of absolutely anything, from nature to portraiture. If individuals have a specific ideas they would like to explore please "pipe up" and we will try and accommodate your creative idea!!
Processing and Displaying Photographs (1-2 hours)
Once we have made a big pile of exposures we will go back into the darkroom and process all of the images together. After processing all of the images we will wash and dry them so they can be then displayed and viewed by the group in the StattLab exhibition space!
*William Henry Fox Talbot was one of the first people to make photographic based images using objects from nature and was the inventor of the "paper negative" or salt print.The Pinhole Photography workshop will take place bi-weekly. Please check the calendar for the exact dates of upcoming workshops. This cost of this workshop is 50€ including all materials. Group sizes will be no larger than 6 people. This workshop will be taught by Liam. Sign up by sending him an email.