Distorted Chemistry Workshop


6 spots remaining

Over a weekend, alternative processes expert Gabrielle Hall-Lomax will teach you the enchanting process of creating chemigram prints combined with digital manipulation to enhance the chemically strange and eclectic nature of the prints created.

Chemigrams are a form of camera-less photography where one can paint with various products (such as oil, varnishes, honey, etc.) on the surface of photographic paper and expose them to light to create unique images. The products applied create chemical reactions and distort light, producing individualistic happenings and chance occurrences.

By manipulating the surface of the photographic paper and scanning the image to distort further via Photoshop, you will make images that actively shift between analogue and digital to consider the differences between these technologies for capturing light and manipulating images. In the workshop participants will create original images using both techniques. The resulting images will then be used in the creation of new images by combining the two technologies.

This workshop is a great way to experience the many facets of darkroom printing while also engaging with the processes of digital photography. Darkroom experience is not required and all levels of photographic skill are welcomed!

Session One, Saturday, July 27th, 2024, 10 am – 1 pm

  • Introduction to the chemigram process
  • Understanding the various varnishes, oils, and products that can be used and their desired effects
  • First prints, drying the prints, experimenting

Session Two, Sunday, July 28th, 2024, 10 am – 1 pm

  • Finalising chemigram prints
  • Introduction to digitally scanning the chemigrams
  • Editing and manipulating the images in Photoshop

What to bring

A USB that is formatted to a Mac or can be formatted (not having any important documents on it) & your creativity!

What we'll provide

We’ll provide all the materials you’ll need for printing, including photographic paper, chemicals, and varnishes. You’ll get a PhotoAccess notebook and pencil to record your discoveries and make plans, as well as access to our digital scanners and computers with editing software.

The Fine Print

Enrolments for this workshop close at midday (12pm) Tuesday July 23rd, 2024. 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.