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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Counting back.

It’s 3 in the afternoon and this part of Goa is seeping into a pleasant inertia. The cloudy sky may have deceived the dogs too as they wake up unaware stretching their bodies and rubbing them against the trees. The … Continue reading

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Leading upto a print.

Our primary goal here at the residency is to experiment with printing. But if the images are interesting enough, the printing process becomes even more exciting. So I have decided to give myself just 2 more weeks for photographing while … Continue reading

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Cyanotype: Diverging from the warmth

Credit: The photograph was made by shirish desai . I have always been inclined towards warm tones in imagery. May it be the kind of photographs or paintings I like or the photographs I make myself. Cyanotype is a complete diversion … Continue reading

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A bad hortigraphist…

… can cook well.

Yes, hortigraphist and not photoculturist it is.

So, I had read that soft & juicy leaves (like spinach) are good to print on. Using simple logic, the softer and juicier the leaf, the better and easier to print. Right? Apparently not.

I chose some nice, fresh, juicy & happy looking lettuce leaves, got my negs (actually positives), glass sheets all in place and after 4 hours or so instead of semi done prints, I had over cooked, boiled disintegrating, ugly (and stinky) lettuce leaves with runny green ink!

Moral of the story being, just like very dry leaves (coconut and big palm leaves types), the very soft ones won’t do either. Sadly, like everything else, it has to be balanced just right.

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photoculturist//\\hortigraphist

Sitting at home, no darkroom, no silver nitrate what to do?

Take a walk, look around, pick a leaf and grow your print.
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