Are you a traditional wet darkroom photographer? Do you take pride in printing your photographs in your darkroom? Do you like rich detailed prints with deep blacks, luminous mid tones and brilliant highlights? Did you know you can easily strengthen those nearly impossible to dodge tiny details, add contrast or bring out subtle texture in the deepest shadows of selected areas of your print?
Selective bleaching is a technique that uses a very dilute solution of Potassium Ferricyanide, which is brushed on specific areas of a print to lighten the tone and increase contrast. It must be done very judiciously and anyone practicing this technique must be prepared to ruin a few prints. But, with a little patience and practice, bleaching is a powerful tool in the darkroom. Selective bleaching can open up an entirely new avenue of expression. Here is an example from a recent printing session.
Why take this workshop on selective bleaching?
Selective bleaching is a technique that allows you take control of large or small areas of your photographs that are difficult; to near impossible to easily manage any other way. This is a simple, yet effective way to add that extra touch to your photography.
Who is this workshop for?
Though geared for the more advanced film and darkroom worker, everyone interested in the art of film and darkroom photography should learn as much about the techniques and materials available to them as possible.
How does this workshop work?
This is an online video-based workshop where you will learn the art and craft of selective bleaching. We will take you into our darkroom where you will watch over our shoulder as we work with some of our photographs.
What if I have questions or need help?
We are always available to answer your questions via email.
What does this workshop cover?
We will cover the tools and techniques you need to get started with this powerful darkroom technique. You will come away with the needed skills that will allow you to begin selective bleaching in your darkroom. See the full curriculum below.
JB Harlin started experimenting in the wet darkroom over 40 years ago, beginning with a very modest temporary setup in a small closet. He shot 35mm and worked at honing his skills with film and printing as a hobby, a way to relax, and to explore the urge to be creative. JB has tinkered with the camera ever since he received his first Kodak Brownie Starflash when he was nine years old. It took JB way longer than it should have to realize that he could develop and make prints himself. Fortunately, once he got started the fascination has never ended. Over twenty-five years ago JB began working with LF, then ULF and he has never looked back. Traditional wet darkroom photography is his passion and this is what he does.
Susan Harlin grew up in a house that had a darkroom. Her Mother was an artist and used a camera to capture ideas she would later paint on canvas. At a young age, Susan had the opportunity to make a few contact prints, just enough to peak her curiosity. After working as a professional pianist as an adult, Susan was once again fascinated by the art of photography. Susan has spent the last twenty-five years working and honing her darkroom skills, practicing the art of LF and ULF film photography. Traditional Black & White film is her chosen medium and where she spends her creative time.