ALTlab Photography Residency

ALTlab Photography Residency has been designed by Goa Center for Alternative photography (Goa-CAP) to support artists who want to explore and experiment with their approach to the photographic medium.

ALTlab is focussed on nurturing

  • Film photographers, working hard but in isolation to develop their artistic skills to create and convey meaning through their works
  • Digital  photographers who are looking for alternative ways to think about image creation and printing
  • Artists of any medium who are eager to use a dark room and silver to create images.

One Month Altlab Photography residency of 6 artists, working without distraction, engaging in an interdisciplinary approach to both the investigative process and the production of work, leading to new thoughts, tools, and things unexpected and unpredictable. This unique residency will offer the participants an opportunity for exploration, reflection and experimentation.

Altlab will organise one workshop and interactions with the practicing artists to enhance the knowledge and skills of the residents. The workshop subject and resource person would be decided after seeing the interests of the participants. By nurturing a peer to peer relationship of conversation and experience-exchange, the Goa-CAP will provide dialogue, advice, support, contacts and information that contribute to the development of the residents’ art practice.

Residents receive 24/7 access to Goa-CAP workspace facilities including black-&-white darkroom, and Alternative Lab, and technical support. The residency will also have a Mentor who through rigorous one on one dialogue and group critiques, shall enable the resident artists to digest and refine their conceptual and material choices including extending their research base. At the end of the residency, there will be an ‘OpenLab day’ where the artists in residence will get an opportunity to share their work and ideas developed during the residency, with Goa’s art community and the general public.

Altlab is managed on a not-for-profit basis by Goa-CAP. Though Goa-CAP covers the management and maintenance of all facilities, we are unable to cover the actual costs of renting or providing other forms of financial support, such as a stipend for living expenses, materials or airfare. As there is currently no funding available in India for initiatives like ours, participants are expected to cover the costs of living, studio, and accommodation whilst Goa-CAP provides all the necessary support to make your time here fruitful and enjoyable.

Residents come from overseas by funding themselves or seeking funding from arts organisations in their own country. We work with artists who can organise their own funds and or have received grants to cover their residency. In addition, we are partnered with multiple cultural organisations that have the interest and resources to send artists here. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from relevant organisations in their own country. Once accepted, Goa-CAP will provide letters of support to assist with grant applications.

Goa Center in India

Swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters: the three essential elements that attract two million visitors annually to Goa’s balmy shores are plentiful in this tiny, glorious slice of India hugging the country’s western coastline and bounded by the Arabian Sea.

Goa-CAP lab is surrounded by several coconut trees and stones in the Calangute village which is famous for beaches. Residents shall have 24-hour access to the lab. Goa-CAP provides the Black and white darkroom for the residents for use throughout the day.

The residency will be of one month duration and maximum number of 6 artists will be participating in this residency.

Cost of the residency: $555 (Cost includes all photographic materials (Platinum, Palladium, Gold & Silver Compounds – Not included), workshops)

For Community Darkroom Members: $420

(For membership information http://goa-cap.com/membership/)

Guidance & Support

  • Goa-CAP will appoint a Mentor who will guide you to achieve the residency objective
  • Goa-CAP will also provide all materials for the research.
  • Goa-CAP will try and put a list of experts in the field of art, history and anthropology.  Residents will have to take initiative to arrange meetings with these experts to learn from them.
  • Residents can suggest and inform (in advance) Goa-CAP if they have any special requirements.

Please note the following charges are not included in the budget, and are the responsibility of the resident artists:

  • Residents should come with own medical/accident/health insurance.
  • International or Domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of International or Domestic flights and items of personal nature

How to Register

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 1, 2013, and continuing until sessions are full or the first day of class. To register in the Altlab Photography Residency, please download the registration packet. Fill out, sign, and mail all forms to the Altlab Photography Residency at the address listed on the registration form. If you have difficulty downloading the packet, email us at altlab.residency@gmail.com

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Request for Cancellation and refunds must be submitted in writing and dated. For a full refund (minus 15% Bank charges), Goa-CAP must be notified no later than one months prior to the beginning of each Residency. No refunds will be issued after that time. All approved refunds take at least four weeks to process. Goa-CAP is not responsible for providing refunds due to illness, emergencies, or events beyond our control.

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ALTlab -Social Photography Residency – Open Call for Artists

….Unless immediate action is taken, the vast bio-diversity of Sundarban comprising its 425 wildlife species including the Royal Bengal Tiger and 300 species of trees and herbs and the other natural resources which sustain millions of people, may disappear within the next 50 to 90 years…

In response to the above threat, Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) in collaboration with Proye Design Kolkata, initiated a 15 day art residency project in the Ground zero, ‘the Sundarbans’ titled ‘ALTlab -Social Photography Residency’ This photography residency is open to all the artists who are willing to experiment with alternative & analog photography with a focus on environment, nature and wildlife.

This 15-day residency will ensue in three parts. The first 5 days of the residency will comprise hands-on training and experimentation with alternative and analog photography processes. Artists will have the opportunity to explore, take risks, experiment, and collaborate in the research-and-development lab for the photography art. During the next 5 days the artists shall embark onto a location in the Sundarbans where they will stay and capture the magnificent life and surroundings in the wilderness in addition to interacting with the environmental enthusiasts. The last and remaining 5 days shall entail processing of the images by the artists.

This unique, first of its kind, residency will offer the participants an opportunity for exploration, reflection and experimentation while being in close proximity to the nature and being socially responsible.

OBJECTIVES

Objective 1:

To provide artists with the time, space and assistantship to create new work through interdisciplinary approach to both the photography process as well as project production.

Objective 2:

To promote a dialogue between artists, wildlife and environmental enthusiasts to investigate intersections of art, Wildlife Ecology and Biodiversity and to engage the general public through artistic expression to emphasize upon them the importance and relevance of preserving our natural heritage

SCHEDULE

1st to 15th November 2014

COST OF THE RESIDENCY

1000$ (USD)

INCLUDED

· A workshop for any one of the chosen alternative photography process.

· Cost includes all photographic materials (Platinum, Palladium, Gold & Silver Compounds – Not included)

· 24×7 access to the Darkroom.

· Private small group travel accompanied by a naturalist guide and a photographer.

· Accommodation in the Sundarbans (on sharing basis).

· All Meals.

· Entrance fees.

· Local conveyance to and from the Sunderban.

NOT INCLUDED

· Chemicals required for the process.

· National and International airfares

· Laundry and other miscellaneous expenses comprising beverages, alcohol etc.

· Any vaccinations

· Tourist visas

· Gratuities for staff and guide (we will give a recommendation/suggestion based on service)

· Travel insurance: All guests must carry their own travel insurance. Travel insurance/emergency evacuation is a requirement by our tour operators.

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning from March 1, 2014 and will continue until the seats get filled or till the April 30, 2014.

To register with the Altlab-Social Photography Residency, please download the registration packet. Fill out, sign, and mail all the duly filled forms to the Altlab-Social Photography Residency at the address listed on the registration form. If you have difficulty downloading the registration packet, email us at info .

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Request for Cancellation and refunds must be submitted in writing and must be dated. For a full refund (minus 15% Bank charges), the organiser must be notified no later than one months prior to the beginning of each Residency. No refunds will be issued after that time. All approved refunds take at least four weeks to process. Organiser is not responsible for providing refunds due to illness, emergencies, or events beyond our control.

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ALTlab -Social Photography Residency – Open Call for Artists

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….Unless immediate action is taken, the vast bio-diversity of Sundarban comprising its 425 wildlife species including the Royal Bengal Tiger and 300 species of trees and herbs and the other natural resources which sustain millions of people, may disappear within the next 50 to 90 years…

In response to the above threat, Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) in collaboration with Proye Design Kolkata, initiated a 15 day art residency project in the Ground zero, ‘the Sundarbans’ titled ‘ALTlab -Social Photography Residency’ This photography residency is open to all the artists who are willing to experiment with alternative & analog photography with a focus on environment, nature and wildlife.
This 15-day residency will ensue in three parts. The first 5 days of the residency will comprise hands-on training and experimentation with alternative and analog photography processes. Artists will have the opportunity to explore, take risks, experiment, and collaborate in the research-and-development lab for the photography art. During the next 5 days the artists shall embark onto a location in the Sundarbans where they will stay and capture the magnificent life and surroundings in the wilderness in addition to interacting with the environmental enthusiasts. The last and remaining 5 days shall entail processing of the images by the artists.

This unique, first of its kind, residency will offer the participants an opportunity for exploration, reflection and experimentation while being in close proximity to the nature and being socially responsible.

OBJECTIVES

Objective 1:
To provide artists with the time, space and assistantship to create new work through interdisciplinary approach to both the photography process as well as project production.

Objective 2:
To promote a dialogue between artists, wildlife and environmental enthusiasts to investigate intersections of art, Wildlife Ecology and Biodiversity and to engage the general public through artistic expression to emphasize upon them the importance and relevance of preserving our natural heritage

SCHEDULE
1st to 15th November 2014

COST OF THE RESIDENCY
1000$ (USD)

INCLUDED

• A workshop for any one of the chosen alternative photography process.
• Cost includes all photographic materials (Platinum, Palladium, Gold & Silver Compounds – Not included)
• 24×7 access to the Darkroom.
• Private small group travel accompanied by a naturalist guide and a photographer.
• Accommodation in the Sundarbans (on sharing basis).
• All Meals.
• Entrance fees.
• Local conveyance to and from the Sunderban.

NOT INCLUDED

• Chemicals required for the process.
• National and International airfares
• Laundry and other miscellaneous expenses comprising beverages, alcohol etc.
• Any vaccinations
• Tourist visas
• Gratuities for staff and guide (we will give a recommendation/suggestion based on service)
• Travel insurance: All guests must carry their own travel insurance. Travel insurance/emergency evacuation is a requirement by our tour operators.

HOW TO REGISTER
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning from March 1, 2014 and will continue until the seats get filled or till the April 30, 2014.

To register with the Altlab-Social Photography Residency, Application Form- sundarban. Fill out, sign, and mail all the duly filled forms to the Altlab-Social Photography Residency at the address listed on the registration form. If you have difficulty downloading the registration packet, email us at info@proyedesign.com .

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Request for Cancellation and refunds must be submitted in writing and must be dated. For a full refund (minus 15% Bank charges), the organiser must be notified no later than one months prior to the beginning of each Residency. No refunds will be issued after that time. All approved refunds take at least four weeks to process. Organiser is not responsible for providing refunds due to illness, emergencies, or events beyond our control.

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ALTlab Photography Residency – Open Call for Artists

ALTlab Photography Residency

ALTlab Photography Residency has been designed by Goa Center for Alternative photography (Goa-CAP) to support artists who want to explore and experiment with their approach to the photographic medium.

ALTlab is focussed on nurturing

  • Film photographers, working hard but in isolation to develop their artistic skills to create and convey meaning through their works
  • Digital  photographers who are looking for alternative ways to think about image creation and printing
  • Artists of any medium who are eager to use a dark room and silver to create images.

One Month Altlab Photography residency of 6 artists, working without distraction, engaging in an interdisciplinary approach to both the investigative process and the production of work, leading to new thoughts, tools, and things unexpected and unpredictable. This unique residency will offer the participants an opportunity for exploration, reflection and experimentation.

Altlab will organise one workshop and interactions with the practicing artists to enhance the knowledge and skills of the residents. The workshop subject and resource person would be decided after seeing the interests of the participants. By nurturing a peer to peer relationship of conversation and experience-exchange, the Goa-CAP will provide dialogue, advice, support, contacts and information that contribute to the development of the residents’ art practice.

Residents receive 24/7 access to Goa-CAP workspace facilities including black-&-white darkroom, and Alternative Lab, and technical support. The residency will also have a Mentor who through rigorous one on one dialogue and group critiques, shall enable the resident artists to digest and refine their conceptual and material choices including extending their research base. At the end of the residency, there will be an ‘OpenLab day’ where the artists in residence will get an opportunity to share their work and ideas developed during the residency, with Goa’s art community and the general public.

Altlab is managed on a not-for-profit basis by Goa-CAP. Though Goa-CAP covers the management and maintenance of all facilities, we are unable to cover the actual costs of renting or providing other forms of financial support, such as a stipend for living expenses, materials or airfare. As there is currently no funding available in India for initiatives like ours, participants are expected to cover the costs of living, studio, and accommodation whilst Goa-CAP provides all the necessary support to make your time here fruitful and enjoyable.

Residents come from overseas by funding themselves or seeking funding from arts organisations in their own country. We work with artists who can organise their own funds and or have received grants to cover their residency. In addition, we are partnered with multiple cultural organisations that have the interest and resources to send artists here. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from relevant organisations in their own country. Once accepted, Goa-CAP will provide letters of support to assist with grant applications.

Goa Center in India

Swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters: the three essential elements that attract two million visitors annually to Goa’s balmy shores are plentiful in this tiny, glorious slice of India hugging the country’s western coastline and bounded by the Arabian Sea.

Goa-CAP lab is surrounded by several coconut trees and stones in the Calangute village which is famous for beaches. Residents shall have 24-hour access to the lab. Goa-CAP provides the Black and white darkroom for the residents for use throughout the day.

The residency will be of one month duration and maximum number of 6 artists will be participating in this residency.

Cost of the residency: $555 (Cost includes all photographic materials (Platinum, Palladium, Gold & Silver Compounds – Not included), workshops)

For Community Darkroom Members: $420

(For membership information http://goa-cap.com/membership/)

Guidance & Support

  • Goa-CAP will appoint a Mentor who will guide you to achieve the residency objective
  • Goa-CAP will also provide all materials for the research.
  • Goa-CAP will try and put a list of experts in the field of art, history and anthropology.  Residents will have to take initiative to arrange meetings with these experts to learn from them.
  • Residents can suggest and inform (in advance) Goa-CAP if they have any special requirements.

Please note the following charges are not included in the budget, and are the responsibility of the resident artists:

  • Residents should come with own medical/accident/health insurance.
  • International or Domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of International or Domestic flights and items of personal nature

How to Register

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 1, 2013, and continuing until sessions are full or the first day of class. To register in the Altlab Photography Residency, please download the registration packet. Fill out, sign, and mail all forms to the Altlab Photography Residency at the address listed on the registration form. If you have difficulty downloading the packet, email us at altlab.residency@gmail.com

download the fo

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Request for Cancellation and refunds must be submitted in writing and dated. For a full refund (minus 15% Bank charges), Goa-CAP must be notified no later than one months prior to the beginning of each Residency. No refunds will be issued after that time. All approved refunds take at least four weeks to process. Goa-CAP is not responsible for providing refunds due to illness, emergencies, or events beyond our control.

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Digital Negative for Alternative Process And Choosing The Right Paper For Printing

डिजिटल नेगटिव
वैकल्पिक प्रक्रिया मे नेगेटिव का एक महत्व पूर्ण योगदान हैं , सही नेगेटिव के ज़रिए है हम सही रंगत(tone) प्राप्त कर सकते हैं, ऑर ये उपयोग करने वाले पेपर पर भी निर्भर करता हैं की किस प्रकार के पेपर प्रिंट के लिए उपयोग कर रहे हैं , अतः वन डाइक ब्राउन के लिए नगेटिव बनाते समय हमे उपयोग हो रहे प्रिंटर ऑर पेपर के अनुसार कर्व बनाके सही रंगत(tone) प्राप्त कर सकते हैं .

मैने यहा अलग -अलग पेपर के लिए कर्व बनाए हैं जो गोआ मे सूरज .कॉम के पास कन्नो इंक जेट प्रिंटर से प्रिंट किए हुए नगेटिव हैं,( **यहा मालूम होना चाहिए की हर प्रिंटर का टोनालिटी अलग होता हैं ऑर प्रिंटर जो की ५००-६०० डी. पी. आई . पर प्रिंट करते हैं यदि १२०० से १४०० डी. पी. आई. पे प्रिंट हो तो इंक की टोनालिटी बेहतर होगी**.)

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Canson Montval 300 gsm paper

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curve for canson montval 300gsm paper

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waterford hot press  300gsm paper

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curve for waterford hot press  300gsm paper

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fabriano artistico 300gsm paper

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Choice of paper for salt

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Before we say goodbye to the residency I thought I shall share my experiences with regard to the paper used for the salt print. Among the handful of papers that we tried out Canson Acrylic (cold press, 300gsm) seemed to be the better one, also being cheaper. The grains are a little different and less coarse as compared to the Fabriano Artistico (cold press, 300gsm) that we first started working with. So pictures seeking details are printed better and they tend to have a slightly warmer tone. The whites are pretty bright provided the negative is a OHP. The shadows open up nice while washing and the overall reddish tone that is typical of a salt print is achieved upon drying.

To get warm tones, Waterford hot press 200gsm works really well. But care should be taken while coating the paper because it absorbs very quickly. Results are good, quite of bit of detail in the shadows can be coaxed out but there seems to be a loss when it concerns the whites.

(Prints: L-R Fabriano Artistico and Canson Acrylic. From the series ‘Breaking Bread’)

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Variations of toning.

Yesterday the entire day was occupied by toning all my cynotype prints.

Toning has always been essential with Cyanotypes as the overpowering blue may not work with all the images. I also read references of old family albums actually being toned Cyanotypes in certain parts of the world.

For me the charm of the Cyanotype process is the flexibility that it offers. I experimented with Tea, Coffee and Haritaki toning. You have to bleach the dried print before any of these toning processes. The sequence of bleaching and toning, the amount of time you immerse the print in each solution, whether you wash the print thoroughly between the two or not; all these factors change drastically the final tone of your print. I decided to try various permutation and combinations and ended up getting slightly different tones for each of the prints.

Haritaki however turned out to be my most favorite toner for following reasons :

  1. It is completely natural and used by traditional Indian craftsmen as a fabric dye.
  2. It almost does not stain the paper at all as opposed to Tea or Coffee.
  3. It brings out this rich coffee warm brown
  4. It’s much faster in comparison to any other tonner. Tea takes at least an hour to tone while Haritaki tones the same print in close to 15 minutes.

And most importantly, Arpan Mukherjee who visited the center recently came up with this technique himself so this addition is quite a find for the world of Alternative photography.

ImageHaritaki~

Image                    Cyanotype slightly bleached~

Image                      Cyanotype toned with Haritaki~

Image                             Cyanotype toned with Tea~

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