Thursday, March 21, 2013

In The Dark

Teaching photography is certainly one of the most enjoyable jobs I have had the pleasure of doing. With the current black & white class I have through NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies, it is really hard to call it a job. The class is a mix of newbies and "repeat offenders" as I call them – the ones who keep coming back for more darkroom action. We had a great day in the lighting studio a few classes back. Local photographer Veronica Horsman blasted off nearly ten rolls of film through her Hasselblad, mostly of her classmates, herself, and even a few of me (see below).

Photo and packaging © Veronica Horsman 2013

Veronica surprised us last class by bringing in neatly packaged little mementos from her portrait session. Super fun! One of the most wonderful feelings as an instructor is the moment when an idea "clicks" in someones mind. I was explaining split-filter printing on two different occasions this winter, and both times a light came on, the student "got it," and the resulting prints were marvellous. For fun, here was the print I did to demo split-filter printing during class. Have fun and keep shooting!

#5 test strip – determining black

#5 down – test to determine #00 time

Test proof – almost there

Final– Ilford Multigrade FB Matte,  7 x 9 inch

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Position and Update

It has been too long since I have posted anything. I've been kept very busy with my new position as Assistant Director of ViewPoint Gallery, a contemporary photography gallery in downtown Halifax. I'm meeting members, settling in and it's grant season, so there's lots of prep there. Plus, we are running an International Feature Photo Competition that closes on April 1st.

In addition, I have been doing more exhibition documentation lately as well. BIO | spectrum, new works by jeweller Theresa Capell and Growth, an exhibition of new works by jeweller Emma Gerard. Make sure to check out their websites.

From Bio | spectrum, © Theresa Capell 2013
From Growth, © Emma Gerard 2013