'A Little Piece of Summer'
Outdoor Photography Project Online Gallery 2021

We are pleased to present a selection of exciting experimental images created in a series of Outdoor Photography workshops that took place in allotments, parks, gardens and outdoor green spaces at locations in and around St Pauls, Ashley and Eastville, Bristol, over the summer of 2021 as we emerged from Lockdown No. 3.

Local community groups and members of the public were invited to participate in the workshops. We explored several alternative cameraless photographic techniques using the power of plants and the action of sunlight to create prints of leaves, flowers, grasses and other natural items chosen by workshop participants.

Gallery of images made by Workshop Participants

Leaf Chemigram
Leaf Chemigram

Made at New Roots Community Allotment, May 2021

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Leaf Lumen
Leaf Lumen

Made with Hope School at We The Curious, Sept 2021

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Turmeric Print Diptych.
Turmeric Print Diptych.

Made at public workshop at Eastville Park Bowling Club Hut, July 2021

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Leaf Chemigram
Leaf Chemigram

Made at New Roots Community Allotment, May 2021

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Processes used in the Workshops:

Turmeric Printing - light sensitive material made using turmeric coated onto paper to create a delightful yellow image which can then be toned in borax to turn it red.

Cyanotypes - iron based salts coated onto paper, exposed, then washed in water to create a beautiful blue print which can be intensified in hydrogen peroxide.

Lumens - prints on silver-based photographic paper which reacts in sunlight to create a range of subtle earthy colours.

Chemigrams - using developer made from coffee, vitamin C and washing soda to enhance the photographic image made on silver based photographic paper.

See our Resources for more info about the processes used.

The Workshops - Making the Images:

Lumen Print
Lumen Print

Imayla workshop participant shows off her lumen print at Boiling Wells, Bristol, June 2021

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Public Workshop on the Green, outside the Learning Centre, Aug 2021.
Public Workshop on the Green, outside the Learning Centre, Aug 2021.

Participants show off their cyanotypes

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Urban Roots Workshop
Urban Roots Workshop

Workshop participant selecting leaves to make lumen prints, Malcolm X Garden, Aug 2021.

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Lumen Print
Lumen Print

Imayla workshop participant shows off her lumen print at Boiling Wells, Bristol, June 2021

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With thanks to everyone who took part:

 

Project Participants were:

Imayla

St Werburghs City Farm Youth Group

Urban Roots Youth Group

Talo Community Group

One25 Women’s Group

New Roots Community Allotment

Eastville Park Bowling Club

Hope School 

Members of the Public and Volunteers

Exhibition also showing at Glen's Kitchen, St Pauls Learning Centre, Bristol,

during opening hours.

Covid-Safe Outdoor Photography Workshops were supported by Quartet