Pure photography using only light and film
to create special effects, even with colour reversal film
digital software, or darkroom chemistry!
John Neville Cohen
A lot of information and examples can be found on the Internet about ‘Light Painting’ and they are all only about moving lights within a
prolonged exposure. There are also a lot of examples about ‘Projection Photography’, but these are limited to the idea of simply projecting patterns,
or text onto people, or
My own form of ‘Light Painting’ was discovered in the early 1960’s, and this pure form of special effect photography provides far more opportunities and is so much more sophisticated. The magic lantern truly lives up to its earlier name, as it really provides the best
magical method of painting with light!
So much that is possible digitally such as: image blending, masking, distorting, changing colours, and adding textures can be achieved with the projector. In addition, images can easily be manipulated with crystals and reflections too.
Since there is growing interest in analogue photography, these original special effect techniques, are now proving to be of interest again, as most of the possibilities available digitally, are surprisingly also possible with film, and all my creative photographs were taken on
Kodachrome (the film had to be posted and processed by Kodak), so unlike other techniques, all these creations could be seen before exposing any film.
I did not always project onto a flat screen, but instead I projected images onto many other things that were to become the subject of the picture, for example I have created photographs of projected images on a butterfly wing, a feather, a shell, a flower, a leaf, and even on to the edges of the pages of a book.
Images (transparencies and negatives, both in colour and black and white) were blended too, by using more than one projector. These techniques enabled the freedom to create amazing new photographs, without any digital software, or darkroom chemistry.
My most famous, unique, and historical Kodachrome transparency is ‘Spirit of Spring’ consisting of a negative of a tulip combined with a portrait. This was the first ever Kodachrome transparency that had both a positive and a negative image, on the same emulsion.
Spirit of Spring
This photograph won the London Salon Trophy in 1967 and there were over twenty
major one-man exhibitions of about 70 of my photographs the following year (many were organised by Kodak in the USA and UK). At that time, my photography was described as ground-breaking!
There are many more award-winning special effect photographs on my website as well as detailed information in ‘The Magic Lantern’ section, describing exactly how anyone can do it.
"...regarded as one of Britain's most original photographers."
The Times. 16th December 1967 The Times Diary.
"A woman's face was exquisitely metamorphosed with the cup of a yellow tulip - a Femme - Fleur Picasso might have perpetrated had he taken to photography."
Arts Revue. 11th Oct 1969, Vol XXI No 20.
"Very marketable as well as interesting and adventurous in themselves with congratulations."
Cecil Beaton C.B.E. 8th March 1968
"… extends the boundaries of the possible in photography and shows us all how we can do so too."
Sir George Pollock Bt., M.A. (Former President of The Royal Photographic Society 1978).
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