Experiment with 100 prints of Scott

António Rebolo, a photography teacher in Portugal, adapted his classes during the COVID-19 pandemic by exploring anthotype processes at home. Documenting experiments in two notebooks led to “Scott, the Project,” an extensive exploration of historical and alternative photographic processes, reflecting a catalogue of alternative processes in photography.

Writer / António Rebolo
Photography / António Rebolo and Paula Lourenço

António Rebolo lives in Portugal where he teaches Photography in an Art School, named AR.CO:

At the end of 2018, I started to change the way I presented the various processes in class, moving from PowerPoint to presentations on watercolour paper. It is completely different to see a test on a screen or to see it printed on paper, it takes on a different materiality. So I started this change, using always the same paper, the Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag, 300 gsm, and also the same image, a photograph of my dog Scott.

I started these prints with some historical processes and others, with alternative processes. Suddenly the COVID-19 pandemic appeared. In Portugal, people were isolated at home for a long time, and antotype was the only possible process to carry out at home. During this period, I carried out several antotype tests, of which I collected photographs in notebooks, to be able to share with the students.

Anthotype Notes
The first Anthotype Notebook that can be found here.
Note book
The second notebook

Anthotype Notes - Document your Anthotype Process notebook coverIn the 1st volume, 26 images in which satisfactory or good results were obtained. In the 2nd volume, 27 attempts in which I did not obtain any images, but it ended up being very useful for students, allowing them to choose which plants or fruits to use for their experiences. This work was done without any systematisation concerns or anything else, just taking advantage of Malin Fabbri’s notebooks.

The book Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants by Malin Fabbri, was a precious help to me, and later on I started to include the anthotype process in my classes.

Scott, the Project’

Colour appeared with the antotypes, and those experiences laid the ground for further experimenting. “Scott, the project” was born. The main objective of this project was to experience all the historical processes and a lot of alternative processes. The project was named Scott after my late dog, who was used as a model.

After the period of Covid-confinement ended, I returned to the laboratory and continued to carry out other processes to complete the Scott project.

I then created PANEL 1, with the first antotypes, the historical processes and some alternative processes, which varied over time in their size and number of images, until reaching this number of 64 images.

Panel 1
Panel 1

Last year I created PANEL 2, also with 64 images from other alternative processes (lumens, analogue colour prints, and a few using Photoshop).

Panel 2
Panel 2

The addition of these two panels, with some reductions, resulted in the final large panel, PANEL 3, with 100 images.

Panel 3
Panel 3

Meanwhile, in Spring 2023, I created another panel, with only the best anthotypes PANEL 4, with 23 images, from which I chose the best three to send to World Anthotype Day 2023.

Panel 4
Panel 4

At the same time, I was making some prints on different materials other than paper, also to show in classes, which resulted in PANEL 5.

Panel 5
Panel 5

I now continue to experiment with new anthotypes, and reprint some historical processes that were less successful, and will also try other alternative processes.

This project could be summed up as a brief illustrated history of Alternative Processes in Photography. 

“I have learned many things, but mainly, the huge patience required; perseverance; some stubbornness; a permanent ability to admit errors and to repeat, repeat, repeat always until you succeed (even if it takes a few years…). The capacity to face countless difficulties using imagination… and, finally, I have to say that I had a huge enjoyment in carrying out this project. as Samuel Beckett said ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'”

António Rebolo.
Portrait of António Rebolo in Ambrotype
Ambrotype portrait of António Rebolo by Paula Lourenço

António was born in Angola in 1958 and became a dancer at the Gulbenkian Ballet in 1979. In 1996 he completed a Photography Course at AR.CO and became a Professor in the Department of Photography at AR.CO in 1998 and still teaches there. He was also a Professor of the Photography Degree, at Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon from 2011 – 2021.

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