‘Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future’-Sally Mann
“Photography is an art, but one cannot deny the fact that the very creation of this art is a craft. And this is why technology has always influenced vision, all through the ages” are the inspiring words of the renowned photographer Aditya Arya, Trustee of India Photo Archive Foundation. To nourish the spirit and pursuit of young photographers Delhi Public School, Coimbatore organized three-day workshop from 29th November to 1st December, 2018.
Mr. Aditya Arya, is a photographer with over three decades of experience specializing in the genre of advertising and industrial photography. He introduced the basics of the Cyanotype Prints. The students learned how to mix light-sensitive chemistry, how to sensitize, expose, and process images, and also about the brief history of the process.
The students got an opportunity to create their own Cyanotype prints, both individually and as a part of a team.
The second day the students were guided by the mentor to create photographic prints from a variety of negatives, but he also encouraged them to bring along their own selection of negatives to make Cyanotype Prints.
The Cyanotype Prints were displayed in the foyer for the viewers on the last day of the workshop. The students shared their views and the process of making the prints.
This workshop aided students to get hands on experience with a historical printing process, it also focuses on two very essential elements of photography - 'Creation' and ‘Patience’.
In contrast to the fast-paced world we live in that thrives on instant gratification, these processes taught them how to ‘slow down’ and to look at things in a different light with a bend of creativity!