Artist teaches Richmondites how to create photos without a camera

Would you like to take photographs, but, without a camera?

This is what Phyllis Schwartz, a Vancouver-based artist, is good at and she wants to share it with Richmondites.

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The technique is called Lumen printing, which is an early photographic process developed in the 19th century. It depends on UV rays from the sunlight to create photographic-like images of organic objects (like flowers), and the whole process does not involve a camera.

“In this hands-on workshop, participants will make photograms of plant materials, and discover how they leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper; the work will look like colourful x-rays,” said Schwartz in an event post.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in the entire process, including gathering materials and composing two images.

“(Lumen print) produces “both documentation of nature and artistic renderings of botanical specimens,” said the post.

The workshop will take place at Lipont Place near Aberdeen Station on April 13, in conjunction with the exhibition Formulation of Time – Photography by Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, Desirée Patterson and Sand Wan, which is on display at the same location from April 6 to 30.

One of the series Schwartz created is The Lumen Print series, made from plant materials gathered at Finn Slough, a tiny fishing community in Richmond.

For more information about the workshop, check here.

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