Using fruits and vegetable juices and an historic photographic process
Join Tim Boddy, a documentary photographer based in East London, to hear about his most recent project made in lockdown: Covid-19 Plant Prints. Tim created images using plant juice via an alternative (and impermanent) photography process known an anthotypes, invented in the 1840’s by Sir John Herschel and Mary Somerville.
These anthotypes come to life via the photo-sensitive properties of plants and vegetables, as the sun’s UV rays react with plant juice painted onto paper or any absorbent material. Beetroot, rainbow chard, spinach, and even red wine were materials used as the paint, while weeds such as Cow Parsley and Meadow Buttercup leaf were picked in the area local to Tim to form impressions.
During this talk you will learn about the unique history of this process (which is related to the very early days of photography), and tips on how to create these colourful prints. Tim will also talk about the ideas behind this project, which were born out of a need to manage mental health in a deeply uncertain time
A Q&A will follow the talk to ask Tim any questions about the anthotype process.
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