Collodion Photogram Workshop Impressions

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l had a wonderful time making wet plate collodion photograms with a fun and talented group of photographers. J Jason Lazarus, a photographic educator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, had this to say:

“Nadezda did a terrific job with making the material approachable for beginners and advanced alt-pro photographers alike. Although I’ve certainly possessed a basic understanding of the process, she demystified so many elements of this complex process – one that I’ve always seen as magical… From coating the plates with silver through exposure and development, I quickly developed a cautious confidence in what I was doing thanks to Nadezda’s hands-on guidance. Students were encouraged to play with several alternative processing methods that would alter the final result – and that exploration only fueled my interest in the process even more.”

I am grateful to all the participants for making this such a rewarding workshop experience and look forward to seeing the results of their future forays into the process! Again, many thanks to Michael and Chelsea Granger at LightBox Photographic in Astoria, OR, for their hospitality and dedication to antiquarian photography.

“Winged Synchronicity”

I am excited to share that Kaden and I will exhibit together concurrent with “Remnants” (09/10-10/4/2016)! Many thanks to Michael Granger of LightBox Photographic for the invitation.

WINGED SYNCHRONICITY 

Winged Synchronicity features contemporary photographic works by Kaden Kratzer and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer rendered in antiquarian processes, including wet plate collodion and albumen printing. As partners in art and life, Kaden and Nadezda share a visual aesthetic and an ongoing curiosity with cicadae, dragonflies, and other winged insects.

Mysterious and able to move between earth, water and air, flying insects have inspired fables, myths and symbolic interpretation since ancient times. They conjure up universal themes of change and self-realization, spiritual transformation and enlightenment, lifecycles and immortality… This body of work is partly an intuitive reaction to beautiful and beautifully grotesque natural forms and partly an intentional reference to symbols. The photogram technique and the antiquarian substrates serve to deepen the aura of metaphor and otherworldliness that envelops these liminal creatures.

Peculiarly, some of these images were created in disparate times and places, before Kaden and Nadezda knew each other or of each other’s art. It is only fitting that their debut as an art duo celebrates this seemingly meaningful coincidence – a winged synchronicity of sort.

Creating Photograms with Wet Plate Collodion Workshop

I am pleased to offer a workshop on creating wet plate collodion photograms during the opening weekend of “Remnants” at LightBox Photographic Fine Art & Printing (Astoria, OR).

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Creating Photograms with Wet Plate Collodion

Date: September 10/11 (Sat. & Sunday)
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Price: $350.00
Instructor: Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer

Not to exceed 5 participants

From Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, to Man Ray, Jayne Hinds Bidaut and Adam Fuss, photographers have readily skirted the lens in their own respective pursuits of knowledge, ideas, poetry and metaphor. The field of photography has been greatly enriched by the photogenic drawing, inviting the viewer to interpolate from the shadows in search for the elusive spirit of the arrested form.

The photogenic drawing — or photogram — is made by placing objects on a light-sensitized surface which is exposed to light to produce an image. In this two day workshop the particpiant will learn about the 19th century wet plate collodion process and delve deep into the history of photography to explore lens-less image creation. We will learn the basics of wet plate collodion, including formulas and chemistry, and walk through the steps of creating direct wet plate photograms. Each participant will have the opportunity to make their own wet plate photograms and to explore the medium’s responsiveness to individualized expression.

Open to all skill levels, although some background in the darkroom and basic understanding of photography is desired.

Contact michael@lightbox-photogaphic.com with interest in this workshop