In our Open blog our bloggers below post interesting work they come across, thoughts and subjects for discussion. Read and comment.
Nancy Breslin works with a variety of techniques, including pinhole, cyanotype and gum, and teaches part-time at the University of Delaware.
Peter J. Blackburn
Peter J. Blackburn is a freelance photographer working in the Dallas, Texas area. For his alternative imagery, Peter chooses to work principally in tricolor with gum and casein bichromate processes.
Elizabeth Graves is an artist working with cyanotype, vandyke and collodion and a keen experimenter with all sorts of alternative photographic processes.
The latest blogg posts
Peter J. Blackburn wrestles with the constant quality changes of art papers and discovers a surprise choice for gum printing. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn “They are not…
Peter J. Blackburn gives tips on how to edit your work before showing it to the world. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn All right, gather them up. Begin…
Peter J. Blackburn tells the classic tale of when boy meets toy, of gossamer wings, and love at first sight. It was just one of those things. Writer and photography…
Peter J. Blackburn deviates from the beaten path to briefly affirm the conceptual potential of the single, solitary image. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn In a few weeks,…
Writer and photography / Alexis Bernstein Alexis Bernstein has written a thesis on the process of Cyanotype Printing and Indigo Dye on the medium of bones. She shares her process…
What’s a sun printer to do when the clouds march in? Peter J. Blackburn provides a few ideas. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn As a gum printer who…
Peter J. Blackburn’s reflections on brush vs camera… now and then.
Peter J. Blackburn illustrates a time when shifting in reverse was the best way to move forward!
Peter J. Blackburn updates us on his progress with gum printing and his struggles with papers. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn In the five or so years since…
During a recent week in London, Nancy Breslin found lots of photo shows to love.
Writer and photography / Nancy Breslin Among the work on display by students graduating from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design are wet plate tintypes by Sebastien Arbona….
Peter J. Blackburn offers closing remarks to complete his viewpoint as to the appropriate roles the web should play in promoting our art.
Tasha Lewis, a New York artist has plans to send swarms of cyanotype butterflies around the world.
How does putting your images on the web change the way people see them? Here is Peter J. Blackburn’s take on this.
On a visit to Vashon Island, Washington State, Nancy Breslin visits Linda Stemer of blueprintsonfabric and sees demonstrations of wet plate collodion and tintypes by Victoria Anderson.
Peter J. Blackburn explores the hoodwinking tendencies of technology and the web in relationship to art and the artist.
Peter J. Blackburn argues the case for doing a bit of casual printing in-between more serious alternative process work.
Nancy Breslin visited Manhattan and found lots of experimental photography on view this spring.
Nancy Breslin reviews a show of Polaroid prints by Bill Wolff.
Nancy Breslin is engaged by memories in the form of cyanotypes, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, created by Traci Marie Lee.
Writer and photography / Nancy Breslin A pinhole photographer arranged part of her holiday around the chance to be inside a giant camera. I just returned from a two week…
Nancy Breslin talks about two shows she is having in the month of April, both featuring pinhole photography.
Nancy Breslin reports that some vintage “alt photo” prints are on view in the mid-Atlantic US this spring.
Peter J. Blackburn invites you to come and eavesdrop on a short conversation reflecting a sad state of affairs in art academia.
Nancy Breslin chases down some pinhole photography in Canada and finds some related to the War of 1812.
Elizabeth Graves on the alt. proc. label on art – loathing it or loving it?
If you have a pinhole camera, or have been itching to use one, this is a great excuse to take part in pinhole day 2012.
Nancy Breslin visits Francesca Woodman’s exhibition and discovers diazotypes.
Peter J. Blackburn draws the shade with a few closing remarks and extends a personal invitation to you.
Join the discussion as Peter wraps up the series by fighting a border skirmish. Better wear a helmet.
Thoughts from Elizabeth Graves on why new digital imaging technology is often used to imitate the appearance of old, chemical photography.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week five and the course is finished.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week four and the finishing line is approaching.
Peter J. Blackburn reveals that stimulating nine letter word for art and offers a frank discussion as to the implications it evokes.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week three had students working with Holgas, cyanotypes and vandyke browns.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course. Week two is a bit smoother than week one.
Nancy Breslin is teaching alternative photographic processes at the Uni. Here we can follow her five week course.
Join the discussion with Peter J. Blackburn as he chews on the bone of criticism!
Peter J. Blackburn discusses the concept of sincerity in our work especially as it relates to modern technology.
Nancy Breslin enjoys teaching the cyanotype process, taking a step back from the “easy” digital photos.
Peter J. Blackburn discusses the ongoing personal challenges some artists experience throughout the course of their career. This essay is part two of a continuing series. Your responses are appreciated!
Peter J. Blackburn tries to figure out why we make images. Please leave your answer at the end of the article!
Nancy Breslin goes to Ireland and London and finds pinholes in the gallery shop rather than on the exhibition wall.
Some concluding thoughts from Peter J. Blackburn on casein printing and a couple of prints, too!
Peter J. Blackburn writes the conclusion to an autobiographical trilogy telling the tale of how he became acquainted with the casein process.
Nancy Breslin reports from Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2011.
The plot thickens as Peter J. Blackburn continues his dramatic trilogy describing how casein became his superhero to the rescue!
Nancy Breslin reports from the AIPAD shows where she found more than a few gems.
Peter J. Blackburn begins a dramatic and autobiographical trilogy telling the tale of how the casein process came to his rescue!
Nancy Breslin continues Peter J. Blackburn’s discussion on the disappearance of the traditional darkroom.