Alternative Printing Processes
Another major part of my first year was an introduction to other forms of photography, and other methods of printing and how to actually print correctly.
The first project taught us how to use Adobe Lightroom with more context and also specifically how to use the print module, printer profiles, proofing and choosing the best media for your project.
My project was based on the history of the Mugshot and I used people from the course to recreate a set of historic looking mugshots then printed them on an archival matt paper in a3 with a nice wide border. Again I was introduced to working in the studio with various lights and despite a good result for the project I wasn't actually happy with the final images due a shadow. It would become a mission of mine to learn how to set the lighting to eliminate this.
The second half of the year would take us through some other processes for creating images in various different ways. Starting with the simple but effective camera obscura, we made our lecture room a large projector and then made our own pinhole cameras then made images. We also learned how to make simple photograms using objects to block the light on photographic paper and make pieces of photo art. This was followed up with learning the processes for making prints with Cyanotype and Argyrotype solutions. We used a negative printed on acetate to transfer onto different surfaces, I used a watercolour paper and plywood. The latter had issues as needed to be more porous but I did get some nice outputs and one hangs on my mothers wall as an original piece.
From here we made digital negatives then used the chemical process to enlarge them mixing the digital and analogue processes. We used special digital negatives and learned how to increase the definition of an image ready for print.
Last but certainly not least was the using liquid light to make an image on virtually any surface you care for. It's a very versatile but imperfect way of putting a photograph onto whatever you need it on.
The solution is not the easiest to use and in the image to the left can be diluted to give a somewhat softer print, but it allows you to then enlarge or contact print them chemically develop your images onto non photographic paper or surfaces.
It's a tie between Liquid Light and Cyanotype which was the most fun to do but it was again eye-opening learning other methods of making images.