Kitchen mixture helps brew up unique photographs
A UW-La Crosse photography class has turned coffee grounds into the groundwork for art.
The “Photography and Imaging I” class used common kitchen products to develop their film instead of conventional, toxic photographic solution.
Associate Professor of Art Linda Levinson assigned the class to take pictures of anything related to coffee. She then carried that theme into the darkroom.
Instead of conventional developer, the students were instructed to use simple grocery store products: coffee, vitamin C and washing soda.
Levinson learned the process more than 15 years ago while teaching with Scott Williams, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Williams introduced the concept of experimenting with the alternative and environmentally friendly solution.
Levinson says the outcome is extraordinary, resulting in “soft, warm tone prints with fine grain and extended tonal ranges.”
The students are exhibiting their work at Cool Beans Coffee Shop, 1221 La Crosse St., through Wednesday, June 7.
Students who worked on the project included:
The exhibit is free, but students are selling their images for $20 with proceeds going to the New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers in La Crosse.
If you go—
Who: UWL’s Photography and Imaging I class
What: Exhibit of specially produced photographs
When: Through Wednesday, June 7
Where: Cool Beans Coffee Shop, 1221 La Crosse St.
Admission: Free; but, students are selling the prints for $20 with proceeds going to New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers in La Crosse