Photography department end of year show

Summer’s here! The annual RIC Summer Festival takes place tomorrow and a vibrant part of it is the Summer Exhibition featuring work from Visual Arts students: Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, and Art & Design. Here is a collection of work from GCSE and A-level Photography students. Work from the other departments to follow… Enjoy!   Continue reading Photography department end of year show

No cameras please!

What is the one thing you need most in order to take photographs? A camera? Incorrect! For the first half of this term, seven weeks in all, both GCSE and AS students have been creating images entirely without the use of a camera. Sophisticated and expensive digital equipment has been rejected in favour of old cardboard boxes and black duct tape. Card, curtains, and light-sensitive … Continue reading No cameras please!

End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level

The Rochester Independent College Summer Festival takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 24th June, and a major attraction is the annual Visual Arts Department Exhibition featuring work from Fine Art, Photography, Graphics, and Textiles students at both GCSE and A-level. It has been a good year once again, this time with a greater number of students studying Visual Arts subjects. I hope you agree that the standard … Continue reading End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level

Photography Lesson 4: Shutter speed

GCSE and A-level Photography students are currently taking intense lessons in the workings of a camera, so that they can manipulate it to their advantage on future projects. This week they have been experimenting with shutter speed, and finding creative ways of demonstrating the two extremes, fast and slow. Movement is key, whether it is to show time passing, or standing still. Below are some … Continue reading Photography Lesson 4: Shutter speed

Photography Lesson 3: Daylight Photograms

Photograms are traditionally created in a darkroom, with the photographic paper run through the chemicals to produce a black and white image (when using black & white paper). This time, however, the students experimented with taking photographic paper outside and exposing it to natural light. Rather than finding objects to place onto the paper,  they would bring the paper to the natural world and place it … Continue reading Photography Lesson 3: Daylight Photograms

Photography Lesson 2: Photograms

GCSE Photography once again utilised the darkroom by experimenting with the art of making photograms. This method, used to great effect by artists such as Man Ray, uses light and photographic paper, with no camera involved in the process. Each student covered their sheet of paper with specifically found objects. By blocking out light, the paper remained white, so as they became more familiar with the process, their … Continue reading Photography Lesson 2: Photograms

Photography Lesson 1: Pinhole cameras

Students on the GCSE and A-level Photography courses hit the ground running this term by bringing in boxes to their first lesson and making them into pinhole cameras. The process required making their boxes ‘light-proof’: painting the insides black and sealing any gaps and holes. An easy way to check for leaks was to take the boxes into the darkroom, turn off the lights, drop … Continue reading Photography Lesson 1: Pinhole cameras