Daisuke Yokota

Colour Photographs

Daisuke Yokota creates extraordinarily vibrant abstracts by simply getting unused film and developing them with different chemicals to unravel their natural reaction. The process uncovers an explosion of colours which interact with each other in different ways in order to reveal the films true nature and physicality of it.

The series is truly beautiful all created without a camera just materials. After creating prints Yokota then scans his results. I would like to explore this technique – looking at the chemical reaction to create individual and non-structured prints.

Technique comparison – Digital + Analogue


Different stages of working – analogue + digital to create a hybrid technique.

The initial digital image was created by layering acetate and tracing paper prints. I then experimented in the darkroom by exposing digital prints onto light-sensitive paper.

As you can see, even though I am using the same prints, by using different techniques it alters the image completely. The hybrid photogram creates an interesting texture which fades the image in certain aspects adding an element of mystification.


Julie Cockburn

Samples of Julie Cockburn’s embroidered and collaged photographs from The Photographers Gallery.

I enjoyed attending a webinar held by The Photographers Gallery – the discussion talked about selected works in detail. Her adaptation of found imagery connects to the past in a contemporary manner. Her alternate version of the imagery is playful and somewhat entertaining – which gives a new vision on narrative. Julie Cockburn | Jester 1 (2020) | Artsy


Man Ray

Man Ray’s ‘Rayographs’ is a great depiction of the photogram darkroom process – his work uses surrealism to document his visions. He arranges objects and materials across the light-sensitive paper to create this silhouette imagery. The absence of detail allows the mind to wander and detach from the object’s original purpose, we as the viewer may not be able to recognise the original object, however, it allows our imagination to run wild and step into Man Ray’s visions.

Study Plan – Year 3

Revised Study PlanStudy Plan – Year 3

This semester I would like to extend my second-year project ‘City Silhouettes’. Near the end of last year, I developed abstract works which incorporated architectural silhouettes. To manipulate the images, I used online software to mirror and distort the images. To develop this process, I would like to experiment with double exposures – trying digital techniques such as scanography. By using a flatbed scanner I can layer different images printed on tracing paper and normal photopaper and add materials such as tape and stickers to create a completely different version of this image. To explore new avenues, I would like to attempt analogue approaches such Photograms and Vortographs which both require a darkroom and enlarger. The addition of light sensitive paper and chemicals may create interesting results.
Using ink would be another avenue of experimentation I would like to explore – the liquid element may create some interesting abstract pieces. Solid black ink would distort my black and white imagery, transforming it with unusual shapes which will be unique to each print. This semester I want to push boundaries and create less structured work. By working digitally, you can control the outcome but working with inks and Scanography will achieve many possibilities.
For primary research I will conduct a series of images that look at lines and shadow and their formation and composition. Capturing how lines and shadows omitted by everyday objects influence my manipulations and the connection between reality and the abstract (See images below for examples). The combination of these images layered will create the base line of my abstracts.