Old techniques and modern inspiration go bush
Pilbara photographers learnt the tricks of the trade from industry professionals at FORM’s Karijini Photography Camp.
Participants travelled to Karijini National Park with WA photographers Meleah Farrell and Bewley Shaylor.
Under the guidance of Farrell and Shaylor, campers applied their lessons to the unique landscapes of the national park during their two-day stay.
They experimented with abstract and creative photography, post-production techniques and solar printing.
Program co-ordinator Katie Evans said the location provided plenty of inspiration.
“It was a good opportunity to experiment with a traditional medium — solar printing,” she said. Solar printing is said to be one of the oldest photographic processes.
Discovered more than 170 years ago, the technique was traditionally used to capture shadow images of plants for scientific illustration.
Farrell conducted a solar-printing workshop on day two of the camp in which participants took a modern approach to the ancient art.
They created solar prints using sunlight to develop images of items and plants they had found onto paper.
The camp also focused on abstract and creative photography principles, with participants learning how to photograph subjects in unique ways.
Farrell also hosted an open workshop on abstract and creative photography at the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland on July 9 before the camp.
Campers used one of the oldest photographic techniques known to print images onto paper.