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WOODLAND beyond PHOTOGRAPHY

 

WHAT:
Woodland beyond Photography is three day event in deep forest of Kočevski rog in Slovenia. The main theme is photography and environmentalism, so you can expect photography expeditions, talks, projections, exhibitions, challenges and even performances. And of course bonfire with acoustic music.
It is happening every year on the last weekend of July. It is open and free event. It is not a workshop, but it is not a leisure time either. We are a group of artists that are planning to create certain projects together. We invite people who want to come in this environment to either create their projects or helping others in creating them.

THEME:
This year’s theme is Artists in Resistance. As a protest against cultural policy of Slovenian government we consciously decided not to ask for any governmental funding, but we will rely on our own survival capabilities and continue to create art.

WHAT DO WE OFFER:
We will provide camping ground, water, toilets and improvised shower. We will provide organised lunches and dinners, but not breakfasts.

WE DO NOT PROVIDE:
We do not provide comfort, because comfort is overrated! We do not provide entertainment, but we expect you to join the group dynamic and be the part of entertaining event. We do not provide camping equipment. There are few beds available, but we expect about 100 people, so convince us that you need a bed and you will get it for free. That said we are humble artists with latent wish to be grand dictators, so I am afraid that this deep seeded complex might erupt in a form of hidden pleasure to negate your wish. As ancient Greeks were saying: “Comfort is the opium of the people!“. A room with king size bed is the prize for an art concept that will win a competition.

WHAT DO WE ASK:
We ask only three things.
Respect for the nature and its laws.
That you are coming as a participant of the event and are willing to contribute to it.
To pay 60 EUR for six meals, provided by professional chef.

More information will follow soon. 

CONTACT:
Please email us to info@woodlandphotography.eu

 

Film & Darkroom Workshop 22-24th of February

 

THE MISSION:
This workshop is covering film photography and its advantages and disadvantages. In this one three day workshop the participant will use different cameras from small to large format, expose films, develop films and make prints. On the end we will also cover advanced creative and archival techniques of toning with selenium and / or sulphide toner, drying prints on glass or with ferrotyping technique for high glossy surface and extra tonality.

PROGRAM:

FRIDAY 22nd of February 2019
10:00 Introduction to cameras, loading film, reading a lightmeter, basics of sensitometry
11:00 A photo safari with a 47 year old car Land Rover Series 3
11:30 – 19:00 photographing on different locations
13:30 Dry meal, snack
17:00 Dinner on the top of the mountain
19:00 Return to the valley

SATURDAY 23rd of February
9:00 Good morning tea
9:30 All about the film

  • short basics on sensitometry
  • How to mix developer
  • which developer is good for which occasion
  • How to load a film in developing tank and
  • How to load a film in a dark changing bag
  • Developing times and densitometry
  • Developing, washing, fixing, washing, drying
  • Archival storage of negatives

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00 Making contact copies from negatives
15:00 – 19:00 Making first prints

SUNDAY 24th of February

Each of the participants will make a few contact copies of negatives and few enlarged prints of size 24×30 cm and one photo on 50x60cm paper. One enlargement 50×60 cm is included in the the price of the workshop, but it is possible to print more at the additional cost of 10 EUR per print.

We will learn how to print with gradation filters, dodge and burn certain areas of the print and on the end we will tone our prints for aesthetic and archival quality. The toning part includes advanced toning technique of split toning with sulphide and selenium toners.

TOOLS:
On our disposal will be

  • The beautiful Nikon F3 – 35mm camera
  • Twin lens camera Mamiya C330 format 6×6
  • Viewfinder Fuji GSW 690, format 6x9cm, also known as Texas Leica
  • Famous Linhof Tehnorama, format 6×17 cm
  • Wooden large format camera ShenHao, format 4×5″
  • Tripods, filters, lightmeters
  • And please bring your camera too

WHERE?
Na žago 4, Straža pri Novem mestu, Slovenia (45°47’07.1″N 15°04’35.4″E – Google maps)

WHEN?

Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of February 2019

WHO?

The workshop is limited to four people, so we will have enough time to make good prints.

LANGUAGE?
English

HOW MUCH?
Three day workshop costs 450 EUR and that includes all material costs, from large format silver-gelatine photo papers, films, developer, toners (sulphide and selenium). The price does not include food and accommodation. If you are interested only in darkroom part of the workshop, you may join us on Saturday and Sunday and the price will be lower, 350 EUR.

RESERVATION?
The workshop is limited to four participants and you get your place by paying the reservation of 100 EUR. The rest you pay at the start of the workshop. The reservation fee is 90% refundable three weeks before the workshop, but after that, it’s not refundable.

ACCOMMODATION?
In vicinity there are four hotels and many B&B options. You will receive our support in finding the most suitable accommodation for your needs.

MORE INFORMATION
on my email borutpeterlin@gmail.com

Wet Plate Collodion Negative Albumen & Salt print 20-22nd of March 2019

Wet Plate Collodion Negative & Salt print process

WHAT?
Three day advanced workshop of wet plate collodion negative process and a workshop on salt and albumen print process.

WHERE?
Na žago 4, Straža pri Novem mestu, Slovenia (45°47’07.1″N 15°04’35.4″E – Google maps)

WHEN?
20th, 21st and 22nd of March 2019. We start the day at 9:33 and end the day at about 19:03

WHO?
This is an advanced course, but we will go from the beginning so if you have no experience, you will still be fine. It is possible to make also an ambrotype (wet plate collodion positive) during the workshop, to get whole spectrum of collodion process.

LANGUAGE?
English

HOW MUCH?
Three day workshop costs 550 EUR and that includes all material cost and detailed hand out notes with all the steps and receipts. It does not include food and accommodation.

ACCOMODATION?
I recommend RaMar accommodation (LINK)

RESERVATION?
The workshop is limited for four participants and you get your place by paying the reservation of 100 EUR. The reservation fee is 90% refundable three weeks before the workshop. The rest you pay at the start of the workshop.

DISCOUNT FOR TAKING TWO WORKSHOPS
After this wet plate collodion workshop, I’m having immediately a workshop on carbon printing (LINK), so if you would want to stay for two more days and take the workshop on carbon printing, you get a discount of 150 EUR on the price for two workshops. So the price for collodion negative, salt printing, albumen printing and carbon printing workshop in the period of five days, between 20nd and 24th of March 2019 is 700 EUR.

MORE INFORMATION
Please email me for reservations and more information borutpeterlin@gmail.com


 

SUMMERY:

  • the difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative.
  • how to achieve different densities of a negative.
  • what densities are appropriate for what kind of printing processes.
  • wet plate with ambient light and with flash light.
  • photographing outdoor.
  • salt printing, toning with gold, waxing.
  • albumen printing and toning with gold.
  • troubleshooting.

DAY ONE

  • introduction to the processes.
  • the difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative.
  • reviewing examples of negatives and prints we are expected to be making during the workshop.
  • preparation of chemistry and cleaning plates.
  • the making of the first wet plate negatives.

DAY TWO

  • Before lunch we will go outdoor and make some landscape plates.
  • participants will learn how to make different densities of wet plate negatives.
  • Redeveloping. The second development after fixing, for boosting density of collodion negative.
  • What light is appropriate for wet plate negative and how to work in inappropriate light.
  • Making a portrait with ambient light or with studio flashes.
  • Varnishing glass negatives.
  • Preparing albumen for printing process.
  • Preparing gelatin for salt print process.
  • Seizing paper for salt print process.
  • Demonstration of salt and albumen printing process.

DAY THREE

  • Floating paper on albumen
  • Albumen print process (printing the collodion negatives we will make)
  • Salt print process (printing the collodion negatives we will make)
  • Toning with goldchloride.
  • Waxing salt prints.

Each participant will receive notes with all the receipts and the most important points to remember.

Video from Photo Safari

This is video from our five day workshop on wet plate collodium negative with salt and albumen printing. It happened in August 2015 in Slovenia. The first day was introduction with first wet plate collodion negatives. Second day was raining, so we went to Studio Pelikan, one of the best preserved skylight studios in Europe, where we were making collodion negative portraits. Third day we were making salt prints, fourth day we went to shoot outdoor and had some rafting. On the last day we learned albumen printing and collodion chloride printing processes.