The Analogue Lab, and June Alternative Process Workshops

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  1. Alex Bishop-Thorpe

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    Hey all. You haven't heard much from me in a while, and I haven't been able to participate in as many exchanges as I'd like, but I've been pretty busy. Briefly, I've graduated from university and jumped into photography, as deep as I could go. I'm still continuing my research in Photogravure, and have a copperplate portfolio in the works for an exhibition in august. Me and a friend have also put our money where our mouth is and leased part of a warehouse to establish a traditional and experimental facility, which we're calling The Analogue Lab. We're not officially open yet, we're still installing some bench space and getting our colour chemistry, but we're here to stay. We have 5 enlargers, covering everything from 16mm to 4x5" in colour and black and white, with an 8x10" colour enlarger on the way. We're set up for alternative processes with a lovely big UV unit, and we should have our etching press by the end of the year. It's light tight as all heck, we have a big rotating darkroom door, and we've been making prints and developing film for the past few weeks.

    We're also running a series of workshops this coming June, with some photographers visiting from Tasmania, Alice Blanch and James Tylor.

    Wet Plate Collodion
    Saturday the 23rd of June
    Instructor: Alice Blanch
    Duration: 1 day
    Price: $280, including all materials, tea, coffee and a light lunch.
    Covers recipes, material sources, history, safe practice, plate coating, sensitising, shooting and developing. All participants will leave with at least one wet plate negative. 4x5" Cameras, tripods, meters and plate holders provided.

    Albumen Printing
    Sunday the 24th of June
    Instructor: James Tylor
    Duration: 1 day
    Price: $260, including all materials, tea, coffee and a light lunch.
    Bring your own large format negative, or use your wet plate negative. Covers recipes, paper options, history, safe practice, coating methods, and what to do with all those left over egg yolks.

    Tintype Workshop
    Monday the 25th of June
    Instructor: Alice Blanch
    Duration: 1 day
    Price: $280, including all materials, tea, coffee and a light lunch.
    Covers recipes, material sources, history, safe practice, coating, sensitising, shooting and developing. All participants will leave with at least one tintype photograph. 4x5" Cameras, tripods, meters and plate holders provided.

    Dry Plate Workshop
    Tuesday the 26th of June
    Instructor: James Tylor
    Duration: 1 day
    Price: $260, including all materials, tea, coffee and a light lunch.
    Covers history, material sources, plate cleaning, coating and storage. All participants will leave with at least one dry plate negative. 4x5" Cameras, tripods, meters and plate holders provided.

    You can read a bit more about Alice Blanch here
    And James Tylor here
    http://www.alexbishopthorpe.com/workshops/

    Bookings require a $100 deposit, all classes limited to 6 participants.

    Drop me an email or give me a buzz on 0405 092 592 for more information or to make a booking. We'll be updating you with pictures of the space as we progress, and the website is in the works. If you're in Adelaide and would be interested in having a look, drop me and email. We'll be showing people through in June.
     
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  2. Kevin Caulfield

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    Congratulations. It sounds very impressive. :smile:
     
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    Good to see you back here Alex!

    If the workshops were held at a different time (i.e. during my vacations here in Japan) I'd seriously consider coming down to do them (there are some cheap flights from Japan). Good luck with all!
     
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    I'd seriously consider a carbon or carbro workshop!
     
  5. Alex Bishop-Thorpe

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    I'm working with carbon now for making gravure resists, so expect a carbon workshop later in the year. Carbro is also an avenue I'm exploring, so hopefully that will develop over the next few months too. I'm hoping that removing the UV exposure step and relying strictly on a chemical reaction for making resists provides more repeatable results. Also, it looks pretty damn fun.
     
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    Bravo, Alex. Best wishes with your new venture.
     
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    Exceptional Alex!

    Look forward to seeing the Analogue Lab some day.