It has been a month and a little more from the time that ALTlab 2.0 began its course. The resident artists have been practicing and researching more into their individual processes and also exploring other areas involved with alternative photographic processes. They are spending sufficient time in the dark room in order to get closer to becoming more and more capacitate in terms of the craftmanship. Growth is important and this is headed towards that. Alternative photographic processes, almost obsolete, are being revived.
Tashi making the Gold Toner for his van Dyke Brown Prints. The toner changes the color of the Van Dyke Brown to a purple and then finally to a neutralish grey. Toning also helps achieve the archival quality to an image.
Formula for the Gold toner :
- Gold Chloride (1% solution): 12.5 ml
- Thiourea (1% solution): 12.5 ml
- Tartaric Acid: 0.12 gm
- Distilled Water to make 250.0 ml
- Sodium Chloride: 5.0 gm
Uzma is in the process of making a pinhole lens for her Linhoff camera. Pinhole Guru at the institute, Edson, shares information on how to go about it.
A hand cast made by Poorna for the following daguerotype image. The details were interestingly retained as we saw it being washed in water.
Tanima has been working on her process, the Gum Bichromate. At-least 4 coats are required she said, to get a well exposed image.
The dark room, again, one of the most essential spaces being sorted out and getting more organized in terms of space, individual work hours and finally the clean up once used.