"The main focus of the month we spent in Florence was to see and create art. Art was everywhere, and being in such an atmosphere makes creativity come more naturally. Florence is definitely a great place to work as an artist, and a great place to expand upon my knowledge of photography and learn new techniques in this area."

The workshop with artist/photographer Anna Tomczak focused on Alternative Processes in photography. During the course of this workshop, we covered an array of different processes, with Polaroid Transfers, Emulsion Transfers and Cyanotypes being the three most widely covered. To see examples and a brief description of these processes click on the appropriate links.

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Polaroid Transfers
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Polaroid Transfers are an alternative photographic process which involve pulling apart exposed sheets of Polaroid film before the image has been completely developed and transferring the image to another surface. When the film is pulled apart, the negative is rolled onto this surface (a surface like watercolor paper usually works best), creating an image with subdued colors, softer lines and tones than the original Polaroid may possess. The Polaroid image can then be manipulated further by layering paints, colored pencils, or a variety of other materials to enhance the "painterly" quality of the image.  If you are interested in learning more about Polaroid transfers, a good place to start would be by visiting Polaroid's official web-site. They have some basic instructions online. For an even more detailed description of the materials needed to begin making your own transfers, Calumetphoto.com has a good listing on how to get started.  Click here for emulsion transfer lesson plan.
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Cyanotypes are a relatively simple alternative photographic process similar to that of the photogram or contact print, which doesn't involve the use of a camera. It is a process that involves layering negatives or objects onto a coated sheet of paper, to reveal the impression of the object or negative on the paper. The traditional cyanotype emulsion is made from two iron compounds: potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. These components are mixed together immediately before coating the emulsion onto any of a large variety of surfaces, from paper to silk. The papers are coated with a brush and dried in the dark before exposure. Once dried, the objects or images are placed on the paper, and usually flattened under glass. The paper must then be exposed to an ultraviolet light source (such as the sun) . When the exposure is finished, the paper is to be washed and an image will appear on the paper.  Click here for information on solvent transfers.  

Lauren Courtney Norman    Photo Transfers     Anna Tomczak     ArtExchange