Centre for Contemporary Photography

DIY Camera Construction Workshop [Large Format] with Jessica Schwientek - August 24

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From Pinhole to Pro

Saturday August 24
$150 Members, $175 Non-members

In this one day workshop participants will explore chemistry based photography and build a functioning DIY 4x5" camera from everyday stationary items guided by expert of the analogue experimental, artist and educator Jessica Schwientek.

You will begin the day making and looking at simple matchbox pinhole cameras, exploring the fundamentals of a camera. You will then shoot and develop miniature pinhole photographs, utilising the Strange Neighbour darkroom a few doors from CCP. The group will discuss all things Camera Obscura and be introduced to camera functions such as aperture, focal planes and depth of field.

After lunch we will begin construction of your DIY 4x5" film camera. This is a complex design with 40 individual pieces and will take several hours to cut and construct. Using everyday materials such as foam core, matt board, tracing paper and tape we will build a functioning large format camera with a focusable lens and two detachable backs. One back will be a focussing screen and the other a handmade darkslide. This is an exclusive camera designed by facilitator Jessica Schwientek for CCP and the design cannot currently be accessed anywhere else.

Once successfully completed and inspected for light tightness and proper functionality we will head back to Strange Neighbour and create photographs with our newly built cameras and process the prints in the darkroom.

You will conclude the workshop with silver gelatin prints made from your matchbox and large-format Pinhole cameras. Participants will be able to take their cameras home and continue using them. The camera you will build can be used with silver gelatin darkroom paper or 4x5 inch film to create large format negatives. They can also be used to experiment with alternative photographic techniques.

Jessica Schwientek is the owner/director of NOIR Darkroom, and a fine art photographer practicing in Coburg, Melbourne. Her focus is on analogue and chemistry based photography. Photography is a loose term for Jessica's practice with an emphasis on the alternative and the experimental.

Jessica's work is intrinsic; looking in at the world, herself, society, anything. She is an outsider on the inside drawn to the safety of the fringes. She is an educator, facilitator and gallery owner intent on supporting the works and careers of her peers.

Jessica has a passion for all things DIY and has never let the absence of a camera get in the way of creating a good photograph.

Supported by ILFORD

Image: Jessica Schwientek

*In registering to participate in this event, you acknowledge you will enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by CCP and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar CCP events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of CCP. You release CCP, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitising, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by CCP or the person or entity designated to do so by CCP.

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