Wet and Dry Photography and Workflow
Jamie MacDonald, Senior Lecturer in Photography at The Northern School of Art 2023
This paper and presentation will investigate the educational values of introducing analogue and film darkroom-based techniques that underpin teaching of the practice-based discipline of photography at graduate level. This will highlight how to sustain a learner’s engagement whilst encouraging explorative, experiential thinking and approaches to creative practice in the specialist subject of photography. This will consider Impact on Curriculum Development through the investigation of physical learning environments in the production of work by placing learners’ expectations at the core of their activity system and how this (traditional) activity is returning to underpin a new generation of contemporary photographers who are turning to the physical tactile values of film-based photography. The emphasis will be to develop and understand how the learner engages with relevant physical teaching that is unique to the specialism of photography. This will also investigate the complications with digital technologies considering social and ethical implications.