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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

 

1/3 Wet & Dry plate Collodion Negative

20130612_4045This is the first in the series of three sequential workshops. First there days we will be working on collodion negatives, preparing a set of negatives for the next two days, when we will do a photography expedition in deep forest, even to the edge of the oldest virgin forest in Europe. The transport for cameras, tripod and preprepared plates will be organised, hopefully with mules.  The third part of the workshop will be happening in the best darkroom that I know, at VIST college where we could do huge silver-gelatin prints with 8×10″ enlarger and / or salt print contact copies.

WHAT?

Three days advanced workshop of wet plate collodion negative process and dry collodion negatives. The negative we will proof print as silver-gelatin  prints and salt prints.

WHERE?

Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia.

WHEN?

27th, 28th and 29th of April 2016.

WHO?

Wet plate collodion photographers who have know how to make an ambrotype or a tintype and are ready to move on to the next level.

LANGUAGE?

English

HOW MUCH?

Three day workshop costs 500 EUR and that includes all material cost. It does not include food and accommodation.

RESERVATION?

The workshop is limited to five 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 not refundable.

NOTES?

You will receive notes with all the informations and key points of the process.

WHAT TO BRING?

All the materials and cameras will be available. Bring note book and also a camera or a phone will be helpful to record the crucial steps of the process.

MORE INFORMATION

on my email borutpeterlin@gmail.com


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
  • Learning how to make different densities of wet plate negatives
  • How to redevelop a negative
  • Varnishing glass negatives

DAY TWO

  • What light is appropriate for wet plate negative and how to work in inappropriate light
  • Making a portrait with ambient light
  • Making a portrait with studio flashes
  • The goal is that each participant will make several negatives with different densities for different printing processes.
  • Redeveloping. The second development after fixing, for boosting density of collodion negative.
  • Preparing dry collodion negatives.

DAY THREE

  • Exposing and developing dry collodion negatives.
  • Preparing more dry collodion negatives (for the expedition)
  • Making salt print and silver-gelatine contact copies
  • Toning with gold-chloride toner
  • Waxing salt prints

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.