SOLARGRAPHY!

Over the last few months, Lismore Art Space has been hosting a series of Photography based workshops by local photographer, Raimond De Weerdt, Digital Photography & Photoshop skills.

 

The 4 week sessions have been immensely popular with students really enjoying Rai’s teaching style and the feedback has been that these workshops have been incredibly rewarding and valuable.

 

These sessions will begin again in September when the weather gets a bit warmer, however throughout August – in conjunction with Arts in August in Lismore, Rai will be presenting a unique experimental photography workshop.

 

Rai will take students through the process of SOLARGRAPHY in a three session workshop over August, culminating in a group exhibition here at Lismore Art Space. This process blends analogue and digital technologies in a really amazing photographic image making process.

The workshops and exhibition.

 

There are two workshops and an exhibition at the Lismore Art Space.

 

The first workshop will show participants how to make the camera, load the camera with paper and tips on installing the camera. Participants will install the cameras they made in places of their choice.

 

The second workshop will show participants how to scan the solargraphs, make adjustment and tips on printing the solargraphs.

 

The project will be finalized with an exhibition of solargraphs created by the participants.

 

The cost for all workshops and exhibition is $90.00 per person, this includes all materials as well as drink & nibbles at the exhibition!

 

Participants are asked to bring their own tin cans to be transformed into cameras.

 

For more information contact Lismore Art Space.

Workshop DATES:

 

Saturday August 8:
Camera making workshop
10am -12:30pm

 

Saturday August 22
Scanning workshop
10am-12:30pm

 

Saturday August 29
Exhibition
4-6pm

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What is a solargraph ?

 

Solargraphy is a unique way of creating photographic images. Solargraphy combines a traditional photographic process with a digital process. Initially solargraphy was mainly used for recording the arcs of the Sun over a period of months, resulting in photographic images showing the arching paths of the sun through the sky.

 

Solargraphs are pinhole photographs taken with a lens-less pinhole camera. A pinhole camera is usually loaded with a piece of film or photographic paper which is then exposed and developed through a chemical process.

 

A solargraph is also made with a lens-less camera loaded with a piece of black and white photographic paper. Solargraphy is a ‘printing out’ process. This means that the light has to provide all the energy required for the silver halides (salts) on the photographic paper to change to a visible state. After exposure the piece of photographic paper is not put through a chemical process but placed on a scanner to be digitized to make a digital record. From this digital file conventional digital prints can be made.

 3 day exposure of a small plastic cowboy

The install shot illustrates the set up.

3daycowboy

A longer exposure time will give greater definition

Solargraph taken in the UK with a 2 month exposure time.

Some Solargraphy Experiments