DIY Plant-based Photo Developer with Nick Fisher

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An introduction into the process of creating plant-based photographic Black & White developers.

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A Big House Event supported by Real Creative Futures Digital


An introduction into the process of creating plant-based photographic Black & White developers. In this workshop participants will take a walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve and expose a roll of 35mm B&W film whilst foraging plant materials to make their developer. They will then head back to the Nature Centre where we will discuss the science and process of making the developer and subsequently developing the roll of film exposed at the beginning of the day.

Participants will take home an exposed roll of 35mm B&W film, a bottle of plant-based developer and the knowledge and recipes to experiment further and employ plant-based alternative developers in their own practice.

Ideally participants will have some knowledge of using B&W analogue film and the fundamentals of developing as this workshop will be focussed on the creation of the alternative developer as opposed to an introduction to analogue photography as a whole.

35mm cameras and a roll of film will be provided, if you would prefer to use your own 35mm camera then feel free to bring it along.

Participants are encouraged to continue exploring the knowledge gained during workshops and incorporate the processes learned into their practice as they will be invited to submit work to a showcase exhibition in September 2022.

Refreshments on arrival and lunch will be catered by Attenborough Nature Centre and will include meat, fish, vegetarian/vegan options.


Nick Fisher is a Nottinghamshire based photographer and bookbinder. His practice is rooted in the landscapes which surround him with a particular focus on the flora and fauna he discovers there. He works predominantly with analogue processes with a particular emphasis on the silver gelatin print and book objects. He is also a volunteer lab technician for The Photo Parlour, Nottingham.


Instagram: @nicholasfphoto


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This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2021

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Saturday 14th May 2022

10:00am - 16:00pm GMT

52 Barton Lane
Attenborough Nature Centre Community Room
Nottinghamshire, NG54DD, UK

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