Jo Gane: Photographic Artist & Educator

RPS Collodion Conference - Don't Press Print

I'm excited to be presenting a paper at the Royal Photographic Society's upcoming conference about wet plate collodion photography "Don't Press Print' on 1st and 2nd October 2020.

There is a fantastic range of experienced speakers, both historians and practitioners and I'm really honoured to be joining them. I'll be talking about how working with wet plate on a 2009 project (see Birmingham in the projects section of this site) has shaped more recent work with the Elephant Trap Camera. I'll also be sharing my thoughts about photographing with an analogue or historic process becomes a performance and feels like time-travel.

Further details of the conference and how to book can be found here.

Camera Obscura making pack for Barber@Home

I've produced a free PDF pack about how to make Camera Obscura with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at University of Birmingham. This was made as part of their online exhibition 'Sights of Wonder' which shows images from pioneering Victorian photographer Francis Bedford's Royal Tour of Egypt, accompanying Prince Albert in 1862.

The activity includes an illustrated guide on how to make cardboard and room sized camera obscura using materials that you have around the house.

The PDF packs can be accessed here.

Online Camera Obscura workshop with St Matthews primary school

I really enjoyed delivering a recent online workshop in making cardboard camera obscura for St Matthews Primary school in Nechells, Birmingham. The teachers and pupils from year 6 were fantastic to work with and really enthusiastic about exploring the cardboard devices they made. A you-tube video of the workshop is now available here.

The workshop was organised by Matthew Murray as part of the public engagement for his Arenig, Fawr project the workshop was presented in association with Birmingham Trees for Life

Coventry Creates

I've been commissioned by Coventry City of Culture to work with Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies, Warwick University and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, and to test an arts and humanities approach to river regeneration and cultural values of water.

This project will involve making new images on the River Sherbourne in the area where it becomes hidden from view around Spon End Coventry. I'll be continuing to develop the approach I've been using on the River Cole in Birmingham, shooting with the Calotype process from 1841 during the day and making nocturnal photograms of the flow patterns of the water.

The images will be part of an online exhibition that will be live from 10th July 2020. Images will also be shared via postcards which will be sent to the area in which the images were made.

Please share images of the River Sherbourne and how you use it with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hastag #hiddenrivercov.

Work from this commission can be seen here.

Faye Claridge's Stay at Home Residency : New Art Gallery Walsall

Like most of the country, during lockdown I've been adapting to working from home with my children, aged 3 and 6. As such, we were invited by artist Faye Claridge to take part in her residency for New Art Gallery Walsall, where she has asked artist parents to work with their children for them to make something inspired by their parent's artwork.

The kids looked at my work, choosing the series Machines from 2014 and made a response using string, shadows and paint. The shadows also reminded me of some photograms I produced from architectural details in 2016 here.

Further responses that my kids made to my work, and others who participated in the project can be seen on the New Art Gallery website here.