Private art school, thanks to financial support from the EU, realized their FotoRiga project. The committee chose 4 students of photography that participated in an internship in Latvia. The goal was to learn to work with large and medium format cameras and to capture the landscape of Riga.
Project name: FotoRiga
Date: November 6 – December 3,2018
Partner school: Nacionala Makslu Viduskola, Riga, Latvia
Nina Fialová Rebecca Cepková Annamária Jelínková Barbora Drobná
Supervising teacher: Mgr. Katarina Lazarova
Project coordinator: Mgr. Ivana Korenkova
As part of ongoing partnerships with teachers of Latvian Nacionala Maklus vidusskola, we found their school focusing on art photography in the fourth, qualifying year. Their photographic studio has been equipped with medium- and large-format cameras Linhof and Pinhole Camera, which our school does not have. Their experience and technical equipment have been seen as an opportunity to enrich our photographic design students with this type of educational competence.
Our students will take part in a monthly internship at a partner school where they will work out the assignment: Create 15-20 medium and large-format photos using Linhof or Pihnole Camera with the theme of the urban landscape in Riga and the surrounding area. Both of us, we and our partner schol, apply the project based learning approach method. The work of trainees will be supervised by the teachers-specialists of the receiving organization who will also assess the trainees’ work at the end of the internship.
The aim is to teach students how to use these cameras and make use of their options for a photographic creative act (kipping, adjusting depth of field, halftone work and drawing in dark areas, greater compositional possibilities, light scale, etc.). They are to be guided to art photography in which the influence of the environment will be expressed, the culture of the country will be caught and their unique author’s handwriting will be visible in their work. They are to learn how to develop or print medium and large-format photos at a high technical level. At the same time, they are to increase their language skills and gain experience in working in the international teamwork. In the competition we will select, according to a predefined key, four adult students of the photographic design department with good academic results and communication level of English, who are motivated from inside. Learning outcomes are summarized in the following competencies: gainig the theoretical knowledge of working with medium and large-format cameras; sketch creation; full use of the technical capabilities of the specified phototechnics; finding optimal art expression; the ability to produce photos at a high technical level and create a photographic artistic work with certain content. Educational outputs are part of the evaluation form, the result of which will be transferred to the national assessment and the mark will be recorded for the relevant assessment period. The teachers of our school will get an overview of teaching art photography at the host school and can imply the appropriate practices in the curriculum.
The interns were assessed by their tutor, teacher Raimo Lielbridis according to the assessment sheet that was a part of the project. Individual skills and partial results were assessed. The students were also presented with a certificate confirming the successful completion of the internship.
Assessment by teacher Mgr. art. Matus Zajac:
Our students created 10-15 large and medium format photographs using the Linhof phototechnique. In the 30×40 photos we can clearly see the structure of the architecture. Field of view is apparent thanks to the Linhof camera, unlike other common cameras. They played with black and white tones and surfaces. Expozimentry, i.e. work with an external expozimeter brought a quality in certain light conditions – hard light, halftones and shadows. The students developed their photos using chemical processes, becoming lab workers in the process. They learned various developing techniques in terms of both positives and negatives. They used Fomadon LQN for positives and FOmaFix for negatives. LPL 7700 Black and White Triple Condenser Enlarger was also used. The photos show the variety in the materials and formats used. The students discovered difficult procedures that are used in professional sphere oriented towards advertising, architecture. The project met the expectations.
Disseminating the results:
The interns’ works are presented in the dedicated sections. On December 6, 2018 the students informed the public via 4 presentations of their internship as part of SSUSAT open day. On December 17, 2018 the students informed the school about their internship and results. A discussion ensued about the advantages and benefits of the internship, the school system, the teachers’ approach etc.