ARTIST SERIES / Solarisation / Saturday 16th February


This course will guide you through the whole solarisation process including the best techniques for creating the optimum images for solarisation.  You’ll start in the studio using medium format cameras and specialist film to shoot still life and self portraits (self portraits are optional!). We’ll then help you develop your film and after lunch get busy in the darkroom. In the darkroom you will learn about solarisation and Mark will also demonstrate selective development which you can use to push you images that bit further. Your full day workshop is run by practicing artist and photographer Mark Long.

Course details below.

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The course will run from 11am until 5pm at the Bright Rooms on the 4th floor of the Peckham Levels. 16/02/19

11am – 2.30pm | Shooting in the Studio

To make sure that you’ll produce the best possible solarised images we’re starting in the studio where you will be shooting still lives, composed by you, on specialist medium format film. There is also an option to make self portraits. After you have shot your film you can develop it yourself (with our assistance) or we will develop it for you.

1.30pm – 2pm | Lunch

2pm – 5pm | Darkroom Printing

Participants will be working with artist and photographer Mark Long exploring the variety of techniques used in solarisation. Subtle changes in the process can lead to dramatic differences in the print so theres plenty of room to experiment. Mark will also be demonstrating selective development which can be combined with the solarisation process to push your images even further.

What will you use and how will you be using it?

Medium format cameras.

Specialist film.

Film developing chemistry.

Specialist darkroom techniques.

What will you make?

By the end of the day we aim to send you home with 5/6 beautiful pieces of work. Of course, the amount of time you would like to spend working on each image is entirely up to you.

Level of experience:

This is for anyone who would like to experience the photographic darkroom whilst leaning creative techniques of image making.

What you need to bring:

You don’t need to bring anything, however feel free to bring a selection of small personal items for your still life.

What we provide:

We provide everything you need.

Where will the course take place and how many people will attend:

The course will take place in the Bright Rooms.


Theres a wide variety of delicious food on the 5th floor of the levels catering for all dietary requirements and tastes.

About Mark Long

Mark Long is an artist born, raised and residing in South London. A specialist in alternative processes in contemporary photography, a master printer and technician. Graduated with a Masters degree in Fine Art Photography from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013.

His focus is on deconstructing vision, inspired by a fusion of Surrealism and chemical photography. Employing aqueous actions to render strange and dream like images. His on-going research is concerned with investigating the depths of abstraction woven into the surface tension of the photograph. Just as photography allowed painting to free itself from the bonds of realistic representation, digital technologies have in turn freed the analog medium to explore substance and being.

An exhibiting artist, Mark has a solo show coming up in February 2019 at ECAD photography gallery in Peckham, showcasing a series of Mordancage images.

To see his artworks and for more info see






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