Art and Nature Combine: Workshops 7 & 8

Workshop Seven: Nature Portraits on Film

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For this workshop, we set out on another mission to collaborate with nature. The focus was film photography, and with the help of Dan’s expertise we were able to use a film camera to produce some very interesting, layered outcomes which can be viewed above and below.

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Participants were encouraged to explore the church garden and find something to photograph to overlay with portraits of themselves. Each participant has an outcome personal and unique to them which is a representation of how they connected with their environment.

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These phographs are taken by exposing film to light, and in this case we relied upon natural lighting to take our photos. As the light changed throught the day, so did the film’s exposure, resulting in a varety of detail in each portrait. This made it more a reflection of the natural world, a mixture of harsh, bold shapes interwoven with delicate detail.

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The unpredictability of this activity made it exciting, as did the wait for the film to be developed to see what had actually been captured. Film photography in its nature is much more physical, so ths slower process of capturing images felt more in line with how the natural world functions.

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Film camera in action

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The black and white film and the layering of images is very atmospheric and a stark contrast to the vibrancy of the garden as we saw it ourselves.

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Workshop Seven: Natural Ink Experiments and Photography

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This week Camo returned to give our participants a chance to experiement with natural inks and pigments. These activities took place both indoors and out in the garden, working directly onto the ground or onto paper.

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Using the garden as our canvas

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We also took advantage of the bright weather and had a go at nature photography and nature portraits. These photos came in useful later when used as inspiration for some natural ink paintings.

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Nature inspired ink paintings

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Following on from activities in previous workshops participants were able to create their own digital nature portraits in the garden by layering images taken by themselves with a portrait. As always, the outcomes were varied as each individual took a unique approach to capturing themselves alongside their environment. Take a look at some of the outocomes below!

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We were also able to give participants who hadn’t had a chance in previous workshops to try cyanotypes. The sun was kind enough to make an appearance so that the prints were developed by sitting in natural lighting, resulting in some lovely outcomes that differ from previous workshops as a shadowy more translucent image of the plantlife was formed.

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Throughout this project it has been exciting to see how each participant is able to collaborate with their environment through a range of mediums and activities they woud not have otherwise engaged in. It reminds us of the importance of caring for and maintaining our natural enviroment, offering a chance to reconnect with a part of ourselves that in modern times is often forgotten and neglected.

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The workshops provided a time to appreciate the life around us and come together as a community to enjoy what our world has to offer. Hopefully this appreciation along with some new knowledge and skills is something our participants will carry with them into the future.

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