Alternative Photography Project

I am currently in the Advanced Photography class at my high school. One of the assigned projects is simply titled "Alternative Photographic Technique." Basically, we have to create an image without using 35mm film (not digital, either). The specific techniques that he recommends are:
  • Photogram-arranging objects directly on the photo paper, without using a camera at all
  • Holga- The teacher has a few Holga cameras with 120 film for class use to take artistically lousy images
  • Pinhole Camera- If you don't know what this is, you probably can't answer my question anyway.
  • Cyanotype- a special emulsion is painted on watercolor paper, then exposed in sunlight under a large transparency. Search "cyanotype" to see what it is.
  • Polaroid image transfer- an image taken with a Polaroid Two-Step camera is transferred from the film to watercolor paper-looks cool, but expensive

Can anyone suggest other interesting ideas? I'd like to keep it simple and inexpensive, and I have to have 8"x10" total printed image.

Weissensteinburg? Are you there?

Edit 5-12-08: I have printed some 5x7s with my cool new technique. I matted them today, and I turn them in on Thursday.

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andymeadows9 years ago
Simple, the earliest form of photography is when it was noticed that sun effects things. For example fading clothes and causing a sunburn. 2 ideas, First get a negative from a transparency. It works better with a laser printer.....tape that to your skin and allow a small sunburn to take place. When you remove the "negative" transparency then you will have the image on your skin for a short time. Please note that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Second Idea take a xerox of anything on a transparency. Find a piece of dark construction paper (it must be cheap) and tape that to a piece of cardboard. Then attach the transparency to that. Stick it in the window of your car for about a week and the sun will fade the areas of the construction paper that are clear and keep the dark areas dark. You will have a faint image on the paper. If you want it to look real the transparency does NOT need to be a negative. I have done this one with my students as well as making a negative and using news print which fade in the sun pretty fast. Good luck.
mechuditas9 years ago
Let see if basics work here a media that is not the usual a perfectly sealed shoe box with a tiny tiny hole in one of the short sides a media to show you could do it, paper that has made light sensitive with some material, let us say invisible ink solutions. Now you will have to make it visible sometime and for that a liquid that is acid, like grape juice you put it in an oven CHECKING it and in the an you bathe it in a solution of coffee. Theoretically it will be a sepia photograph.
CameronSS (author) 9 years ago
Ta-da! Completed and turned in...I got 100%.
gschoppe9 years ago
idea 1: 3-color photogravure, using galvanic etching of copper... check out my forum threads for info... idea 2: take a room with a large white wall opposing a window with a good view. block ALL light to the room with cardboard.... cover the white wall with blueprint paper (diazzo), working in the dark... open a tiny hole in the window's covering for 3 hours or so, and develop with windex. idea 3: try using bluefire murano 127 film in an old kodak brownie, for retro fun. idea 4: tilt-shift
I actually just thought of something interesting, the problem is I can't remember who the artist I based all this on but basically it involves a few to a few hundred photos to make one big photo, the idea is that take all the photos from very roughly planned places and arrange them one a board, I'll get some photos of the outcome of this, granted I never completely finished the project you can see what I mean.
CameronSS (author)  killerjackalope9 years ago
There used to be a similar project that was assigned, but apparently it frustrated too many people, so it ceased to exist. It required using one roll of film per picture. After selecting your subject matter, you would carefully take a long series of photos of the subject, all with the camera being aimed from the same place. After developing the film, it was all laid out on a single piece of 8x10 photo paper, and a contact print was made. If you lined up your shots correctly, the frames would line up, and the entire sheet would be the finished image. My sister did it as a project when she was in this class, and it turned out really cool, but it is no longer available.
I meant using maligned photos in an artistic way like hockney, the perfect ones are simply are display of anal retentive prowess...
The late David Hockney.
Ah right, I just couldn't get it thankyou.
Patrik9 years ago
Just in case you didn't know - there is actually a really nice cyanotype instructable - complete with ideas for how to cyanotype a T-shirt (and there's still a few days left for the T-shirt hacks contest!)
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