Distant Light Workshop - William Arnold

07 September 2019

13:00 - 15:00

The Royal Photographic Society
RPS House
337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale
United Kingdom

Tel:0117 3164450

RPS Member£30.00 
Non RPS Member£35.00 
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Image:William Arnold 

Saturday 7 September 1pm – 3pm William Arnold Workshop

Participants will be learning to use John Herschel's original cyanotype process to create unique photographic impressions on paper of plants and other objects, which they are then free to take home. 


Please bring old clothes or an apron as some of the chemicals can stain.  There will be things provided but feel free to bring along any large photographic negatives or translucent objects.  No prior experince needed.


Invented by Sir John Herschel, a pioneer of modern astronomy, the cyanotype process harnesses the light radiated by our home star to render insoluble in water and in the deepest of celestial blues a photographic imprint of an object in a simple solution of iron salts. Famously used by botanist Anna Atkins to produce in the 1840s the first photographically illustrated books - beautiful folia of British plants and algae, we will be following in her footsteps to document the nearby flora and other terrestrial forms.


William Arnold Bio: Living and working in West Cornwall, UK, William is interested in the layers of history, human and natural that comprise the making of the landscape and the role played by the photographic surface both literally and metaphorically in recording, interrogating and representing these histories.

His work explores themes of temporality and attributes of photography as both art and source of documentation. Interested in the politics of representation, the works draw from the subjectivity and objectivity involved in the act of photography and in how photographs are perceived.


Bristol HQ, The Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 337 Paintworks, Arnos Vale
Bristol, United Kingdom, BS4 3AR


You will need to bring a packed lunch or use local amenities – Sainsbury’s and M&S are both within walking distance.  Parking can be limited so please use public transport if. You can book a place to park your car nearby at this link: https://www.yourparkingspace.co.uk/locations/show/4294938009


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Liz Williams
Email the event organiser
0117 3164450

Region: Bristol (HQ)