FMP - Photograms/luminograms

The third day in a IoP darkroom at Falmouth University.

I came here for five days to experiment with cameraless techniques with some ideas to verify. I spent Monday and Tuesday on getting used to the flow, trying different options and simply being overwhelmed with excitement and absorbed by the process itself. 

During the first day, I produced many prints mainly based on the acetate prints of the moire and other algorithmic forms I brought with me. I used various papers including the expired paper someone left in the shop which had a low contrast but lovely warm tones so, even though I wasn't able to achieve the deep dark tones, I used all the available sheets. I learned from the mistakes but also took some helpful advice from the other person present in the darkroom. It is a simple process but without realising, for example, how to control the light in an easy way - it would take much longer to get the desired results.

I also tried out the initial idea which actually took me to Falmouth Uni darkroom six hours drive away from where I live - the direct transfer from the virtual to physical and in a result a dichotomous fusion. I had a vision that projecting the image directly on paper will expose it. It turned out to be possible but not very easy to achieve. I also imagined that perhaps I will be able to use the animated algorithmic shapes and get the dynamic forms printed directly from projector onto paper but this stayed as a nice vision.

The time of exposure using projector is less than a second. I was manually uncovering the projector light beam and covering back as soon as I was able. It was all clumsy and there was a lot of unsuccessful attempts on the way but I managed to print some interesting images eventually.

Luminogram. Digital image projected onto the photosensitive paper. 

 Luminogram. Digital image projected onto the photosensitive paper. 

Luminogram. Digital image projected onto the photosensitive paper.