Blue At The Horizon: Cyanotypes in West Virginia with Lisa Elmaleh - June 8-9, 2019

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Blue At The Horizon: Cyanotypes in West Virginia with Lisa Elmaleh - June 8-9, 2019

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Blue At The Horizon

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All programs and events are held at Penumbra Foundation.
36 E. 30th St. New York, NY, 10016
(917) 288-0343 | info@penumbrafoundation.org | penumbrafoundation.org

Image © Lisa Elmaleh

 

 

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June 8-9 2019
Saturday & Sunday
10 AM - 6 PM

"The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue." - Rebecca Solnit

 In this workshop, students will take guided hikes through wilderness to find botanical specimen and other nature to create cyanotypes in the field.  

Students are welcome and encouraged to camp for the weekend at the instructor's house, which is located between a creek and a sheep pasture in a hollow in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  We will read literature pertinent to the process of being in wilderness, and walk slowly and purposefully, observing nature - flora and fauna, fungus and lichen, and strive to identify our findings.  We will take hints from the works of Anna Atkins, but also be experimental in our findings - we will play with natural toners, with different natural water sources - the Potomac River, or Critton Creek, for instance.  We will discuss why it is important to be naturally aware in these times, and walk through a clear cut being reclaimed by nature to be reminded of beauty in great tragedy.  Sturdy hiking shoes are encouraged, as is a refillable water bottle for hiking.  Hikes will be moderate but not strenuous.


LISA ELMALEH's work is an exploration of rural America. Using a portable darkroom in the trunk of her car, Elmaleh photographs using the nineteenth century wet collodion process. Elmaleh received the Silas Rhodes scholarship to attend the School of Visual Arts, and obtained a BFA with honors. She is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, the Everglades Artist Residency, the Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency, and the Goldwell Artist Residency. She has been included in various group shows such as the 2008 New York Photofest (Powerhouse) and Landscape: Voyage (KMR Arts). lisaelmaleh.com
 


Feature Image © Lisa Elmaleh