Ancient Light

To create analogue photographs of the night sky and aurora borealis for my series "Ancient Light".

by London Alternative Photography Collective in Reykjavík

We did it
On 21st February 2018 we successfully raised £1,025 with 26 supporters in 28 days

From the 3rd of February 2018 to 27 February 2018, I will attend the SIM Residency, Seljavegur in Reykjavík, Iceland. Here I intend to capture analogue photographs of the stars and aurora borealis, to develop my project "Ancient Light". Through the production of this series of photographs, I consider how light from incredibly distant stars can be captured directly onto photosensitive film.  To do this I will be using a range of films, including high ISO films such as Ilford Delta 3200 and CIR/FFP infrared film.  These film photographs will be then be used to produce high quality darkroom prints. I will also make use of a VLF microphone in the hope of documenting the aurora borealis through sound.

Work resulting from this residency will contribute to my practice-based research degree at the Royal College of Art. I have recently exhibited results from this project within my first two solo shows: First Light (2017) at Leeds Art University and Ancient Light (2018) at Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London. I hope to secure further solo exhibitions in 2018, and to create a small publication. On my return, I will also share results from the residency during a public lecture at the Royal College of Art on 28th February 2018, click here for details.

Why am I asking for your money? 

I am looking to raise money for the production of artworks resulting from the residency, associated travel costs and the residency fee. I currently self fund my practice-based research degree, and all related projects. I am in receipt of no public funding for this venture.

Put simply, the more money I am able to raise from this crowdfunded page, the better quality of work I will be able to produce.

Rewards 

I hope to raise funds mainly through the sale of existing prints and a dedicated event in my studio.

Images of Prints Below:

Original Silver Gelatin Print - from my residency in Iceland (£100)

Earth Photogravure (£250)

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Full Moon Photogravure £250

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Andromeda Photogravure £100

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Kallitype of the Moon £150

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Full Moon Print on Dibond £200

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Stars On Dartmoor Etching (Trees) £150

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Stars on Dartmoor Etching (Chimney) £150

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Cyanotype Workshop for up to 10 people £300

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Limited Edition Postcard

I will send a limited edition postcard reproduction of one of my artworks.

£20 or more

Moon Cyanotype

I will send an original postcard sized cyanotype of the Moon.

£50 or more

Saturn Cyanotype & Dedicated Studio Event

You will be invited to a dedicated event in my studio with drinks, and you will receive a postcard size cyanotype of Saturn.

£100 or more

Andromeda Galaxy Photogravure

You will receive an original photopolymer photogravure of the Andromeda Galaxy on Hahnemuhle paper. The print is 18.5 cm x 14cm wide, and is unframed. To make this print I began by working with NASA photographs, printing them using the nineteenth century technique of photogravure. This was an experiment to see how the materiality of a 19th Century printmaking process affects our reading of a contemporary NASA image.

£100 or more

Original Silver Gelatin Darkroom Print - Iceland

You will receive an original silver gelatin darkroom print, a result from my residency in Iceland.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Moon Kallitype

You will receive an original Kallitype of the Moon. The print is 20cm x 15cm, and is unframed. This photograph was taken by Melanie King.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stars & Trees on Dartmoor, Photo-Etching

You will receive an original photographic etching of the stars on Dartmoor on Somerset Satin paper. The print is 30cm x 20cm, and is unframed. This photograph was taken by Melanie King.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stars on Dartmoor (with chimney), Photo-Etching

You will receive an original photographic etching of the stars on Dartmoor on Somerset Satin paper. The print is 30cm x 20cm, and is unframed. This photograph was taken by Melanie King.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Full Moon print on Dibond

You will receive a print of the Full Moon at Kielder, printed directly to Dibond with a split baton for hanging. Print measures 50cm x 40cm. This photograph was taken by Melanie King.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Earth Photogravure

You will receive an original photopolymer photogravure of the Earth on Hahnemuhle paper. The print is 30cm x 30cm wide, and is unframed. To make this print I began by working with NASA photographs, printing them using the nineteenth century technique of photogravure. This was an experiment to see how the materiality of a 19th Century printmaking process affects our reading of a contemporary NASA image.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Full Moon Photogravure

You will receive an original photopolymer photogravure of the Full Moon on Hahnemuhle paper. The print is 30cm x 30cm wide, and is unframed. To make this print I began by working with NASA photographs, printing them using the nineteenth century technique of photogravure. This was an experiment to see how the materiality of a 19th Century printmaking process affects our reading of a contemporary NASA image.

£300 or more

Dedicated Cyanotype Workshop

I will offer a five hour cyanotype workshop from 10/11am to 4pm/5pm, for a group of up to 10 people.

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