Photodynamic gardening project

It’s happening! Over the past while I’ve been working with my friend Kemi Craig, the City of Victoria Artist-in-Residence to seed a new photodynamic garden situated within a network of community gardens, at Wark Street Commons. It’s part of a wider project Kemi is working on that brings plants and photography and film together.

A photograph being held by a thumb showing a circular anthotype image, with the description fern on rose poppy hollyhock 2023 written in pencil

We’re holding a first experimental photodynamic gardening workshop in lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories (Victoria,BC) in a couple weeks. I’ll introduce some of the principles of the photodynamic garden. Through emulsion making for photography we’ll explore how working with plants and soil in more than human worlds are somatic and relational practices. Through our practice we’ll consider being with impermanence and an ethics of image-making and care. We’ll practice coating and pouring emulsion onto paper and I’ll introduce how you can take these home to make solar exposures (or anthotypes) with.

Date: Friday, May 24, 4-6 p.m.  
Location: Wark Street Community Garden – 941 Kings Road  
Please email culture@victoria.ca to register for this free event.  

This workshop will experiment with plant-based photography, a dynamic image-making process engaging everyday ecologies. Participants will learn how to make emulsions with plant materials, creating images in relationship with plants at the Wark Street Community Garden, the sun and the weather. Our hope is to embrace an ethically-grounded practice of photography that introduces participants to a lively relationship between humans, images, and plants.  No previous experience is necessary. All materials will be supplied.

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