Photogram/Drawn Graphics

Artist Jane Dixon had an exhibition in 2016 at the Fitzwilliam Museum. She has drawn organic forms on to acetate and then contact printed them in the form of a photogram.

The Series (A selection of points) By Jane Dixon: 

In my own work there has always been a strong conceptual alignment between subject and method in which the materials and construction are as much a part of the meaning of the work as is the image. The work is often a hybrid, combining methodological elements of print, painting and drawing, almost always with photography as a source.

The Photogram / Cyanotype as a process implies through its directness a quantifiable record of an object’s exact scale, solidity and presence. It is an empirical record of the real (as opposed to other forms of photography where the procedures allow for a faithful copy of the object in front of the lens but also the potential for deception). Drawing on the other hand, whilst implying a record of fact (in forms such as botanical illustration) can equally be a means of pure invention.

How The Series Relates:

This process of the physical drawing then being translated onto a photographic piece of paper and then later altered allows you to record the process from original sketch to final product, which is often lost in the design process.

You will be able to use the images you create as part of your final design if you so wish… Scanning it in for later manipulation in computer based software.

Alternatively you can also use hand painting, reverse contact printing, or layering techniques to develop your design.

Techniques Explored in this session:

Paper Negative Contact Printing: The process of using the physical piece of paper to draw on and use as a negative by placing on top of a sheet of photographic paper and exposing to light. You also get the added affect using a paper negative of having the physical texture of the paper as an added element to your final piece

Photocopy Image Manipulation: You will be able to use the photocopiers to change the contrast or invert your image then making a large acetate negative for contact printing

Chemical Transfer: The act of painting developer onto specific parts of the piece of paper to create texture within the image.

Reverse Contact Printing: Using your final image and then placing it on top of a new piece of photographic paper to get a “Positive” Image.

Projected texture: You can use one of the enlargers with glass negative holders to place a piece of lace or mesh etc to project down on to your paper to add another element to your final design.


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