I recently posted a couple of photograms that I’d started with my AA2A research.So, I did a couple of sessions in black and white before Chris, the technician showed me how to do colour printing (well, technically, didn’t show me, as unlike with B&W where you can expose and print using the red safe-light, with colour you have to work in complete darkness as anything you can see, the paper can see. As you can imagine, its not exactly easy lining stuff up, fumbling around and getting the exposed paper into the print developer doodah thingy, which has to be the right way up….
I’ve absolutely loved exploring the photo-grams, and really wish I could do more. Have so many ideas on how it could be expanded further, by using different combinations of glass, whether that be shape, pattern or colour, but also would love to explore scale.
Alas, I ran out of time, and we have our exhibition opening next week, so I’ve had to bite the bullet and work with what I have already got. I won’t show you everything just yet, as there’s an exhibition at the University of Derby for that purpose, but here’s a few of my favourites (including a couple more B&W for interest!)
Have you ever been to a Luminarium? What IS a luminarium, some of you may be asking…I first went into one with my Mum and son, what I thought was around four years ago. When I rooted through the computer archives, I found this image, which actually dates back to 2004!
My first Luminarium visitI can’t even remember if we went to Lakeside, Nottingham specifically to see it, or if we took my son to the play park there and just happened across it. Either way, I am glad I did.I can’t describe it very well – my best effort is that it’s like a giant bouncy castle that you go inside instead of on top. Made a special material, it’s mainly grey, with coloured panels. And it’s these coloured panels that make the magic happen. The whole of the inside of the structure glows with the natural light filtering in from the outside. Ambient sounds are played in the background, and the whole experience is, well, just rather wonderful. You wander round inside and just lose yourself in the atmosphere.See Architects of Air for a proper description!We saw Levity II at Derby last year, and went to see Levity III yesterday – and I just stared at the patterns created, and felt so fired up. I can’t wait to try out some Levity inspired panels! Patterns, patterns! Anyone used to watch Time Tunnel? The ‘Tree’