Redeye's Snapshots are a series of skill sharing workshops, offering quick introductions to new creative ideas and techniques.
Join us for a 30 minute demonstration from artist Alun Kirby, which will be a focus on the more advanced side of cyanotypes. It will be include 'making photographs without a subject' - that's the 'metamorphogram', a photogram exposed in one form, and revealed as another, on various papers. You will also learn how to make a cyanotype 'camera' that takes a picture on the inside and the outside at the same time. Both of these will use origami to get the end result. This event will be a step up from our last snapshot event on cyanotypes. It might be helpful if you already have some knowledge on the basics of cyanotypes, but it is not essential.
Alun Kirby’s work addresses memory; specifically, his work responds to and investigates philosophical and psychological theories of memory and self, through visual media. His work, even when sculptural, often incorporates the cyanotype process. This technique, dating from the 1840s, is in itself a memory of the birth of photography. There are no negatives, no copies; each piece is a unique interpretation, an imprinted memory made physical. Like our understanding of memory, Alun’s use of the cyanotype process is reconstructive rather than reproductive. He uses cyanotype to capture experience rather than individual moments. This is seen particularly clearly in the metamorphogram series.
Alun’s background in scientific research led to studying the work of philosophers and scientists examining the relationship between memory, self and imagination. He is currently exploring memory and self through work with local dementia action groups and the people they support. Alun's work is held in private collections from Sweden to Australia, and many places in between.
Who is it for?
This event is free and open to all. Recommended for anyone who wants to experiment with cyanotypes.
Watch live on Tuesday 23rd November 2021, 7pm – 7:30pm.
Online! Booking will close on Tuesday 23rd November at 4pm and we will then be in touch with everyone who has registered with the meeting code and password. You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. This event will take place over Zoom.
Please register for free by 4pm on Tuesday 23rd November to receive your invitation to the meeting.
Donations are welcome. They help us pay our artists and allow us to keep running a varied programme for you. Thank you.
Image © Alun Kirby.