Thursday, 29 October 2015

in passing installation


Before tonight's opening at 6pm, we'd just like to share some images with you from the preperations for "in passing". Here are some images from the mounting process and last night's installation of Andrew's photographs.

Opening on Thursday the 29th at 6.
Hanbury Road Gallery, 52 Hanbury Rd, Bargoed, CF81 8QW
open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 – 18:00
29th October – 21st November

"in passing" by Andrew Pershin - Welsh info


Mae wrth fynd heibioyn arddangosfa solo gan yr artist Andrew Pershin o Rwsia. 

Mae Andrew yn ffotograffydd, argraffydd a bardd o Rostov-on-Don ger Môr Azov. Mae Andrew yn arbenigo mewn ffotograffeg analog ac yn defnyddio technegau argraffu traddodiadol fel printiau lith a phroses lliw RA4, yn aml yn arbrofi gyda ffilm a phapur darfodedig, sy'n ei alluogi i greu arlliwiau cynnil ac ansawdd cyfoethog.

Mae Andrew'n defnyddio technegau analog i bortreadu ei ganfyddiad o natur, gyda choed a thirluniau a gaiff eu llunio gan y tymhorau, newid mewn lliwiau a golau, rhai ohonynt yn fwy haniaethol na real, ac eraill yn dangos cytgord llinellau a siapiau naturiol. 

  Mae presenoldeb dynol yn dawel a dirodres.

Gellir gweld ffotograffau Andrew ar ei dudalen.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

"in passing" by Andrew Pershin - more info

in passing is a solo exhibition featuring Russian artist Andrew Pershin. Andrew is a photographer, printer and poet from Rostov-on-Don near the Sea of Azov. Andrew specialises in analogue photography and uses traditional printing techniques, like lith prints and the RA4 colour process, often experimenting with expired film and paper, which lets him create subtle hues and rich textures. Andrew uses analogue techniques to portray his perception of nature, with trees and landscapes shaped by the seasons, changing colours and light, some of them more abstract than real, and other showing the harmony of natural lines and shapes. In his photographs, human presence is quiet and unassuming.

from to bottom: Juna, perhaps, immersion, signal aspect

You can find Andrew's photographs on his page.

The exhibition is opening on Thursday, the 29th of October, at 6
52 Hanbury Road, Bargoed, 
and will run until the 21st of November.

Welsh info coming soon!

Monday, 26 October 2015

new exhibition "in passing", 29/10 - 211

our new exhibition, "in passing" featuring Russian photographer 
Andrew Pershin opens this Thursday the 29th at 6pm. 

more information soon!

"chemical bath" walls: wall IV - Toralf Sümmchen

Morning everyone,

today we're presenting the last part of "chemical bath" walls, this time featuring wet plate collodion images by German artist based in New York, Toralf Sümmchen.

In short, wet plate collodion is a technique where the photographer coats a metal or glass plate with a layer of iodized collodion and then dips it in a silver nitrate bath, creating either an ambrotype (on glass) or a tintype (on metal). Ambrotypes were first introduced in the 1850s. Tintypes, which came shortly after, used to be popular with itinerant photographers travelling from one tourist resort to another, and with street photographers, during the second half of the 19th century.

tintype (left) ambrotype on clear glass (right)

tintype (left), ambrotype on clear glass (middle), tintype (right)


(Some colours may vary from reality)

Visit Toralf's page and facebook to see more images!


This was the last update about "chemical bath", now keep your eyes peeled for info about
our next show - a solo exhibition by Andrew Pershin, opening on Thursday!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

"chemical bath" walls: wall III - Ladislav Viszoczky

Dear all,

tonight we're posting the penultimate section of "chemical bath" walls, this time by Czech artist Ladislav Viszoczky.

Laci's images are oil prints, a technique invented in the 1850s by Alphonse Poitevin, using light sensitivity of gelatin mixed with dichromate, a technique popular with Pictorialists. Oil prints are made on watercolour paper with different effects depending on the surface of the paper.

Some colours may vary from reality

You can read more about Laci and the technique he uses on our blog,
and find his oil prints on flickr.

Friday, 23 October 2015

"chemical bath" walls: wall II - Anne Campbell

Afternoon everyone,

this is the third part of "chemical bath" walls - presenting photograms by Scottish artist Anne Campbell.

These images have been created without the use of a camera, either through arranging different objects on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to light (first four images), or by using photographic chemicals instead (last three).

Some colours may be slightly different than the originals - 
which you can see in the photograms section of Anne's page.

* Anne has kindly offered two of her prints for sale as a contribution to our project,
so get in touch with us via email if you're interested!*

You can read more about Anne on our blog and visit her website and Documenting Britain page.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

exhibition plans update & "chemical bath" walls: wall I, part 2: Charles Guerin


before our new exhibition, a solo show by Russian photographer Andrew Pershin, opens on Thursday the 29th of October (more info coming soon!), we'd like to show you some images of "chemical bath" walls - for those of you who couldn't make it to Bargoed.

Here is our second exhibition wall update - this time presenting photographs by French artist Charles Guerin.

Charles uses a variety of traditional and alternative techniques and "chemical bath" presented five of them - and seven images:

left to right: gumoil print and gum over kallitype

first image: cyanotype (toned)  
second and third image: wet plate collodion (ambrotype - collodion positive)

Some colours may vary from reality

Visit Charles's flickr and facebook to see more of his images! 
(and to find more technical info about the printing processes)


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

a quick update

Evening everyone,

just to let you know we've been invited to the Arts Show on BBC Radio Wales tomorrow (Wednesday), so tune your receivers between 6.30 and 7 (British time)!

"chemical bath" walls: wall I, part 1: Marianne Priest

Afternoon everyone,

even though "chemical bath" is over, we have some more updates - over the next few days, we're going to post images of the photographs as they were displayed on our gallery walls. 

We're starting with the left gallery wall and copies of lith prints by Marianne Priest, most of them hand-coloured - except the last 2.


We did our best, but some colours may differ from reality!

Monday, 19 October 2015

"chemical bath" - the end

Mornin' everyone,

"chemical bath", an exhibition presenting photographs taken and printed with traditional and alternative techniques, ended on Saturday.

During the exhibition, we presented work by 5 photographers:


A big thanks to the artists for their participation and to all our visitors!

For those of you who weren't able to attend, 
we'll be posting images of the exhibition walls this week.

Stay tuned for updates about our next exhibition in Hanbury Road Gallery!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

"chemical bath" - a few images of Bargoed

Evening everyone,

"chemical bath" is half way through its second week now, so we thought we'd show you a few photos of the gallery, our visitors and also Bargoed's independent shops and buildings (the image of the grand interior that looks like a church is in fact Bargoed Library, converted from an old chapel).

Come and visit if you get the chance, the current exhibition is open till the 17th of October,
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30 to 6. For directions to the gallery, go here.