Artist Statement

Alan Falzon, Darkroom Malta, Analogue Photography, Fotographija, Silver Gelatin

Each hand-printed photograph is the final step in its photographic journey. A journey that aims to capture the mystery of the everyday.

Today’s fast-paced, social-media-driven world has created a perfection-seeking, open and public environment where privacy is becoming rare and therefore more precious. As a private person by nature, the red-lit darkroom is my escape from social scrutiny into an analogue world of intricate choices and materials. This environment allows me to use my time, thought, and senses to work with film, paper and chemicals, forming a pleasurable and intimate photographic journey.

This random collection of silver gelatin proofs was printed over several years, solely for my personal enjoyment, never intended for an exhibition or social media sharing. Although I strive to create a unique work of art, my main interest is in the process. I do not create the final ‘perfect’ print while imperfections such as dust spots and small scratches are not retouched.

“The beauty of photography is not in the final print but in the journey required to create it.” 

Artist Biography        Exhibition Story

Venue

Splendid

17th till 31st January

Straight Street

Valletta

Technical Info

Analogue photography has some complex technical jargon, learn what they mean.

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Exhibition Story

In today’s digital environment, analogue photography is converted into digital files to be consumed through electronic devices and immediately shared over multiple social media sites. The immediacy and amount of images shared online raises questions not only about our social interactions but even more so on how photography is used; when the choice of shared images is based on the number of likes and social approval to be gained rather than to share the photographic experience.

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Film Photography Workshops

Learn the difference in films and their iso. Understand exposure and how to use older light meters or modern light meter apps. Use aperture, shutter speeds and composition.

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