The upcoming film photography exhibition “Twisted Life” presents the most technically challenging body of work to come out of The Print Room yet.
A small group of film photographers have worked to challenge established ideas about the classical still life genre, which has traditionally been rooted in the study of form and the play of light. For “Twisted Life”, participating photographers were asked to add a fresh dimension to objects that were used in classical still life paintings and photographs, such as fruit, flowers, animals, food and the naked human form.
Some photographers subverted conventional still life narratives with the visual tableaus they created. Others chose to use alternative techniques in processing their film or printing their images in the dark room to create a more experimental take on their still life subjects. These techniques are time-consuming and are rarely used in contemporary film photography. They include solarisation, in which film is exposed to light during processing; combination printing, which uses two or more negatives in a single print; hand-tinting, where a photographer applies inks by hand to a print; and bleaching, where a photographer uses a bleaching agent to lighten or create texture in certain parts of the print.
For the first time, The Print Room will also include a WIP or work-in-progress section in the exhibition so that visitors can have a better understanding of the complex processes involved in producing the final images. They will be able to view images of early concepts that were considered and then discarded, test prints showing failed attempts at perfecting a print, test strips from long hours spent in the dark room, as well as a video tracking the photographers’ efforts in the eight months they spent on the exhibition.
Examples of WIP
By Shareem Amy.
Initially this Sabattier print was created by using a cloth to smear chemicals during the printing stage, unfortunately no matter how many attempts were made, this effect could never be replicated, therefore Shareem decided to drop the Idea and move on.
by Linda Chin
The original 8×10 print Light in my darkness – I will rise, shot in Australia and The Print Room Studio shows one of the difficulties of combination printing.
Linda’s print “Be still/Where feet may fail” took more than 30 sheets of paper to complete the final image.
by Paul Gadd
With the use of Selenium, Potassium Ferricyanide and photographic paints this image faced a numerous amount of screw-ups. Like, which chemicals work layering other chemicals, and which don’t, where to mark the image, or where to add more tone.
Trying not to get drips or runs over parts of the image where they are not wanted, or over bleaching, anything resulting in a so-called srew-up means reprinting.
The final image (not the one above) took, one and half boxes of roll paper. Each roll is 42 inches x 32 feet.
“Twisted Life” will open at The Print Room on Saturday June 27th 7pm until 9pm and will run until August 8th
Except the opening night The Print Room is open Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 7pm
Weekdays by appointment.
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