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Photographic Processes in Nature

1-Day Class
Saturday, June 25, 2022: 10 AM–4 PM (Rain Date Saturday, June 26)

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This workshop is for photographers of all levels who are interested in using objects from nature and basic photographic materials to create cameraless photographic images.

Photographer Jessica Somers will demonstrate Lumen Printing, the Phytogram Process, and, weather permitting, the Chlorophyll Process. Each of these processes use elements from the natural world in concert with photographic materials to create unique images that are one part photographic precision and one part environmental happenstance. Sunlight, plants, and water each play a role in the image-making process, resulting in photographs that are directly connected to the local environment.

Participants will have the opportunity to gather natural and organic matter on-site during the workshop but are welcome to bring a selection of materials of different opacities and textures. These materials can be natural or manmade. Additionally, you can opt to have enlarged photographic images printed on a film designated for use with the processes as well. Please view Pictorico and Inkpress transparency films on this page for print pricing.

A large portion of this workshop will be held outside; please dress appropriately. If there is heavy rainfall, the workshop will be rescheduled to the designated rain date. We will follow current CDC guidelines and local mandates concerning masking requirements.

Non-members: $195
Members (PhotoSynthesis & Burnside Darkroom Collective): $175
Course Enrollment: 4–6
Instructor: Jessica Somers (

Jessica Somers is a photographer specializing in historic photographic techniques and self-portraiture.

Jessica has been in love with photography for most of her life. She was exposed to the act of picture making through her grandfather, an avid amateur photographer, and in the family bathroom-turned-darkroom after sunset. Here, she witnessed actual magic standing over the chemical trays watching an image appear where only a simple white sheet of paper was before. As a kid she received a Kodak disc camera and fell in love with the act of expressing her individual view of the world from the 4 foot high perspective of a seven year old. Her height has since increased but her love affair with photography continues.

Jessica’s work has been exhibited nationally and has been published in various periodicals. Her research on alternative processes and select photographs are published in the 3rd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.  Jessica is a 2020 Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship Award recipient. She currently teaches photography throughout Connecticut and at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA.

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