The photographic and cinematic industries are characterised by environmentally corrosive applications against a history of associations with the mining industry. This is an invitation to explore the environmental consequences of image-making through alternative photo processes beyond the traditional analogue processes we all know and love. Join a group of curious artists to investigate the concept of pollution as colonisation, and confront the ethical challenges of using a toxic medium that harms the earth as you document it.
Considering materials as both subjects and audience of our work, the group will experiment with new ways of making that considers responsible sourcing of materials and sustainable methods. This course will approach image-making from an environmentally conscious standpoint, by embracing the inherent ephemerality in the work and acknowledging our own transience and mortality.
Delivered online via Zoom over 4 weeks, meeting weekly to examine different methods of printmaking; namely Anthotypes, Chlorophyll prints and alternative ways of collaborating with the environment around us. Works created by the group will feature on the PhotoAccess online Community Gallery here.
Session One, Tuesday June 6th, 2023, 7-8pm AEDT on Zoom
– An untold history of photography
– Earth as a recorder of itself
– ‘Experiencing Landscapes’ Alice Cazenave PhD + The Sustainable Darkroom, London
– ‘Pollution as Colonisation’ – Max Liboiron
– Brief introduction to alternative methods of image-making
Session Two, Tuesday June 13th, 2023, 7-8pm AEDT on Zoom
– Introduction to Anthotypes
– Photo sensitive petals, berries and fruits.
– Methodology, printing and conservation.
Session Three, Tuesday June 20th, 2023, 7-8pm AEDT on Zoom
– Introduction to Chlorophylls Prints
– Most effective plants to work with
– Methodology, printing and conservation
Session Four, Tuesday June 27th, 2023, 7-8pm AEDT on Zoom
– Working with what we have at hand: Intervention of negatives using the natural environment.
– Documentation, seasonality, timeframes.
– Between controlled destruction and conservation
Each participant will receive a personal materials pack from PhotoAccess including materials you will need to experiment;
Participants will be need the following at home;
Melanie Cobham is a Uruguayan Artist and Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work, diverse in medium and format, permeates the familiar to pose questions on colonialism, place and identity. Surveying landscape and language, her works manifest in the form of drawings, photographs, installations and weavings, and embody the fraught translations between the analogue and the digital, between gesture and image, between communication and misunderstanding.
Cobham has studied Design, Fine Arts, Filmmaking, Photography, Communication and Silversmithing. Her widely diverse range of interests is often reflected in a practice that spans across a vast array of media. She has recently completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, and actively participates in group shows, talks and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
Enrolments for this workshop close at 5pm on Tuesday May 30th, 2023, to provide ample time for shipping materials packs. As a not-for-profit, our financial margins are narrow and classes require a minimum number of participants to run. In the event that PhotoAccess cancels a workshop, refunds will be paid in full or a transfer allowed free of charge. If a class is postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule at a time convenient to enrolled participants.
PhotoAccess will happily refund or transfer workshop fees up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop. If less than 7 days’ notice is given, PhotoAccess can offer a partial refund. Alternatively, enrolment can transfer to another workshop plus a $50 transfer fee. If less than 48 hours are given, no refunds or transfers can be given. Please note that memberships purchased in conjunction with a workshop enrolment are non-refundable. See Terms and Conditions for further details.
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