Taking inspiration from plant hunters, botanists and early photographic pioneers, the workshop will involve participants creating their own photogram artworks. This is a camera-less process that involves capturing the shadow of their composition on photographic paper. You can bring along small objects and photographic negatives that can be combined with gathered plants and flowers, to create your own unique photogram. Text and drawings can also be used in the process.
This photographic technique is a fun, educational tool that enables engagement with the local environment without the need for a darkroom or chemicals. In the digital age the workshop offers participants an opportunity to reflect on some of the technologies that have preceded this revolution.The workshop will include a walk in the Castle Park (weather permitting) to collect plant material for the photograms and take photographs for digital negatives. A number of smaller artworks will be made to get to know the process before participants make their final A4 size piece.
Brian Cregan is a lens-based artist who explores the potential of photography to represent our relationship with landscape, natural history and the built environment. Working independently on commissions and assignments, he has successfully collaborated on numerous projects with other artists, curators, educators, designers and architects. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally, most recently at Highlanes Gallery as part of Beyond the Pale: The Art of Revolution in 2016. His work as an educator is integrated into his practice and often forms the inspiration for new work.
Photogram Workshop with Brian Cregan at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny