Large Format Photography

SHIMMER WORKSHOP: Large Format Photography

Houghton-Largeformat3When: Saturday 17 Sept 2016 10am – 4.30pm

Facilitated by: Christopher Houghton

Chris’ work with photography is an exploration of Place and an attempt to create works of presence that acknowledge the latent and visceral energy of nature.  He works with marks in the landscape embedding my practice in the synchronism of natural systems to articulate a commonality of being between non human, human, inanimate and unseen materialities of environment.

For the last three years Chris has frequented a one-mile stretch of rock at the southern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. It’s an ecosystem too isolated for most tourists, exposed to the voracious weather of the Southern Ocean and subterranean currents of the Antarctic. Working predominately in pre dawn light, shoot with film and use an old wooden field camera. A single composition can take hours to discover, hand-process the negatives and spend weeks rendering a print. The aim is not to reproduce a physical object, but a feeling that embodies the Australian landscape on its own terms.

A works in progress exhibition is currently on show at Chapel Hill Gallery in South Australia. Click through to the Chapel Hill website or read about it on his blog.



Location: The Tintype Traveler (caravan) – based at Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale SA

Who is this for?: This workshop is best suited to photographers of an intermediate level who are comfortable with manual exposure concepts. It is expected that you have never used a film-based camera or large format camera before.


What to bring: Notebook & Pen / Packed Lunch

Cost: $285.00

About: Using a large format camera allows the photographer to slow down the process of photographic capture whilst opening up a range of new possibilities for the image. This workshop is an introduction to thinking differently, and to the practice of using a 5×4” camera. You will get a chance to capture images on film, process the images on-site, and create a contact sheet or enlargement (time permitting) of the resulting negative.

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