The SHED at Haltwhistle




at the Whistle Art Stop in Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AX

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Michele Selway

Haltwhistle Portraits

Photographer, Michele Selway, will discuss her experimentation and application of Victorian photographic processes to contemporary contexts, to engage people in photography and its history.

"I am interested in the presentational form of a photograph and it’s collaboration with the materiality of the image. These areas of investigation have been at the core of my work over the past three years and were essential to the development of my work this year. Through these themes I have been experimenting with alternative and 19th century photography, specialising in Wet Plate Collodion. I have been inspired by the interesting correlation between the powerful factors affecting the landscape (time/erosion/natural factors) and the effect that the 19th century processes that I am working with alter/influence the images."

The process: Wet plate collodion was the main method of photography between 1851 and around 1870, discovered by Frederick Scott Archer. It involves flowing a sticky substance called collodion over either a piece of tin or glass, which is then sensitized in silver nitrate. The plate is then exposed, developed, fixed and then protected with a lavender varnish. It has to be damp all the way through the process otherwise it loses it's sensitivity. As the plates are made on tin or glass they are unique: there is no negative. This process engages the public in the history of photography and the process of development; we allow the public to view the magic in our dark room, as the image appears on the tin from negative to positive.

Michele recently graduated from Stockport University Centre in Manchester partnered with Liverpool John Moores University, with a First in BA Hons Contemporary Photography. During January 2015, Michele will be artist in residence at the Whistle Art Stop and will be working with the community of Haltwhistle on a socially engaged project.





The SHED is part of the Whistle Art Stop in Haltwhistle and is an exhibition and project space dedicated to showcasing the work of new and emerging artists from across the North East of England.

Find us in the centre of Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0AX opposite Barclays Bank where we have free parking available. Click here for map.

Twhistle CIC t/a Whistle Art Stop- a community interest company registered in England no. 07769196.