Sunday, November 15, 2009

Impressionists - How light got onto the canvas

That is the title of one of the current exhibitions in Albertina, a major museum in Vienna, which also houses a huge collection of graphic works - one of them is Albrecht Duerers Rabit.

I attended a workshop there today where we were first aquainted with early photography and it's influence on painting.

To learn about photography and developing pictures we first cut out some forms from paper and cardboard, turned off the light an using just red light, arranged the forms on photographic paper, put glass over it to keep the forms steady, turned on the light for a second or two, turned it off again and developed the photos:
After seeing these effects we got our one hole cameras, black cardboard boxes with a hole cut in the bottom. On the inside was a strip of paper, which guided another thin cardboard strip with little holes in different sizes (as it was a sunny day, we used the smallest hole - like a needle). On the outside was a black cardboard flap which could be put over the hole or opened up. The cover of the box had a sticky tape on the inside, onto which we stuck the photographic paper. Closing everything up, we left the museeum to take landscape photos.

I put my "camera" underneath a tree, pointing up to the sky, opened the flap for a minute and - magic! If you look closely you can even see next year's buds!

After a guided tour through the exhibit we went back to the studio to paint our photos. I decided to keep the negative effect as I think the photo turned out very dramatic.

After the workshop I got the chance to go on another guided tour and look at more stuff, but with 180 paitings and loads of other stuff to look at, I will have to return on another day, to take it all in.


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