I have been working with a new corporate client here in Milton Keynes, they wanted new corporate head shots with a clean fresh look for their websites meet team page.
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Milton Keynes Based Commercial Photography Kids and Family Photography in Buckinghamshire
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The evolution of this piece of work stemmed from myself wanting to create a traditional analogue and silver based darkroom alphabet, so I came up with the idea of making a photogram alphabet. A very simple way to communicate what the brief asked for. I love the concept of photograms and have been fascinated with them for many years now but I have not really experimented with them a lot myself. There are many subjects and themes that can be interconnected as an alphabet with the use of photograms. What I really wanted to highlight is my personal homage to the importance and the art of photography and its birthplace in the UK. It is a very big nod and a doff of my hat to our greatest pioneer of photography William Fox Talbot. The first time I ever heard about photograms is when I was a small boy, I remember the kids TV program Blue Peter did a piece on the home of William Fox Talbot the English inventor of photography and his home Lacock Abbey. I recall being captivated with the conception of how you could capture light and chemically fix its moment in time into a photograph without the use of a camera. This is where my passion for photography first began. While being on this HND photography course I have been reintroduced to the notion of photograms, and this has reawakened my hunger and enthusiasm for the most basic of photography mediums.
I spent time considering how I could bring this concept to life, what did I need to use to construct the alphabet form? I thought about using Blutac, Playdoh, Playskool Magnetic Letters but I wanted something a bit more hands on and constructive. Williams Fox Talbots early photograms included a feather, I really wanted to emulate the softness but without the use of a feather as I could not easily form an alphabet from this material. I wanted an item with a soft covering that could easily be manipulated into alphabetic shapes. I decided to use pipe cleaners as they had a soft down exterior covering that would best resemble a feather giving the appearance I was aiming for.
After purchasing the pipe cleaners I sat and considered the simplest way to shape and form my alphabet. I found that to create the shape I needed to bend each pipe cleaner into the basic formation of each letter. I then cut differing lengths and attached where necessary to complete each letter.
After I had finished making the alphabet out of the pipe cleaners the letters looked pretty cool and I was ready to take them into the dark room. I have a dark room at home so it was much easier for me to make the photograms, I wasn’t constricted to lesson time so I could have a much more relaxed approach to producing my work for this alphabet. I started by cutting dark room paper into quarters, this was not only to save paper but I also wanted to make 26 individual photograms. I used a standard dark room method and chemical fix to obtain my images. After I completed a few test prints and was happy with the results I continued to print the whole alphabet.
The results I achieved from making these photograms were very gratifying and they look very cool. I got the exact appearance I was aiming for; the pipe cleaners gave me the feathered soft edge I was aspiring for. Once the photograms were dry I had to scan them all into Photoshop just to do a final post edit to clean them up and sharpen before I put together the final image using InDesign.
When I showed the final image at a critique session in class a very interesting conversation presented itself. It was pointed out that the font I had inadvertently designed with pipe cleaners looked very child like almost like a Comic San font, I never even thought of this. It is an interesting comment and when you do take another look it could also resemble writing on a school chalkboard. This makes this particular piece multi meaningful in a retrospective kind of way; everybody seems to interpret it slightly differently. This is a good place to be as it just shows how other people envisaged and view other people’s art. Overall I was very happy with this alphabet and I nailed it to what I was trying to communicate as a piece of work.
Digital Photography Meets Traditional Silver Based Techniques
Today has all been about darkroom experimentation, and what a blast I have had. As a photographer I still like to shoot film and you can’t beat that feeling when you open the dev tank after you have shot a processed a roll. If your anything like me I can’t wait to get into the dark room and print a contact sheet and chose the images I want to print. This got me thinking; I want to make prints of some of my digital work. “So just print it, the printer is next to you on your desk” I hear you cry. Its not that simple, I want to print them in the darkroom. I want to bring the traditional silver based method into my digital photography, and today I have…
I started by picking two images from a recent shoot I did and opening them up in Photoshop, these are the two I picked.
Next was to make the negative so I made sure they where both converted to greyscale. I then inverted the images and adjusted the curves to bring up the contrast.
After I had made the adjustments I printed both negatives on to transparencies and cut down to size. I had made both 8×10 ready to fit the paper I had in my darkroom.
So off to the darkroom with my digital negatives in hand and proceeded to make test exposures to make sure I have the correct setting. As these negatives are 10×8 I needed to make contact prints and once I had everything set correctly I made my first full exposure of the first negative. I worked out that with the No 5 Filter and the smallest aperture setting on my enlarger the exposure time would be 14 sec.
14 seconds went by and into the developer goes the paper and wait with bated breath; a couple of seconds went by as if by magic the image begins to appear. The paper getting darker as this most wonderful of chemical reactions takes place, done we have a print so into the stop bath for about 30 sec then into the rapid fix bath. At this point I know
I have a image printed but under the red light of the darkroom you don’t get the real sense of what you have just printed, so I left it in the fix for a little longer then transferred the print to the water bath for a quick wash.
Now time to take a look so I get the print from the water bath and take it into the daylight, I couldn’t asked for anything better as this is a complete first attempt at processing a digital image this way. I was blown away with the results so back into the darkroom to print the next negative I had made, keeping everything the same I made the second exposure, and again I was blown away with the finished print. I have 2 really cool prints that were originally digital images shot on my Canon EOS.