This introduction course covers the basics and some more advanced…
‘The Centre for Creative Photography (CCP) has recently relocated to a new space within the former South Australian Film Corp building at Hendon, which is now a creative hub under the auspices of Sunjive Studios. Since our move in July, we have worked diligently to re-establish the training facilities we previously enjoyed at our Marleston location; adapting and building new spaces for our studios, training rooms, and state-of-the-art digital suite. We are also excited to share the news that our new darkroom and film processing space is near completion, making it the largest and best-equipped publicly available darkroom complex in Australia.
To accommodate a resurgence in analogue film photography, our darkroom is equipped with twenty enlargers for a range of formats (35mm up to 4×5) and facilities for black and white film processing. There is also the option to hire the space and for students enrolled in any CCP course, dark room use is complimentary.
The event on 19 January 2024 to mark the re-launch of our purpose-built DARKROOM will include printing demonstrations, the opportunity to create your own black and white photograph, and our newly renovated facilities will be available to explore.’ CCP press release.
For further information, contact: Gavin Blake, Director, Centre for Creative Photography on (08)8354 0839 or mobile 0414 495 585.
Background: Centre for Creative Photography
The Centre for Creative Photography was founded in 1997 as a Registered Training Organisation by Director, Gavin Blake as a professional teaching space and photographic resource centre. Since this time, the CCP has grown to become the largest and foremost provider of private photographic education in South Australia.
Recognising a need for education that could work around people’s busy lifestyles, Gavin has created a school that allows students to choose flexibility in their learning pathway, with training scheduled to accommodate after work part-time, full-time or online study.
The school offers both a Certificate IV and Diploma in Photography and Digital Imaging, VET in high school courses as well as a number of 1 day photographic workshops focussed on building specific skill sets or knowledge of genres of photography. Tailored private tuition is available for up to three people and studios are available to the public for hire
Originally housed at 11 Union Street Stepney, the CCP moved to 138 Richmond Road Marleston in 2005 until our re-location in July 2023 to Butler Drive Hendon, South Australia.
CCP Director Gavin Blake on teaching film processing.
“At the Centre for Creative Photography, we will always have the wet darkroom process in our curriculum to enable students to gain their photographic qualifications.
We find this gives them a practical understanding of “old school” film processing and post production, and let’s face it, darkroom practice IS A LOT OF FUN! That said, when students return to their digital work, their photography experience in now from a very different perspective because anyone who has done this class now thinks in film; that is to say, it’s film they are thinking about; 12, 24 or 36 exposures and not “let’s blast away until I get something I like. They are sharp shooters rather than machine gunners!
I have been teaching this subject for over 45 years and during my career as an artist, educator and now director of my own school, it is still so thrilling for me to see the first print of the day emerge from the developer from the photographic paper; it’s just like the first time I saw it actually.”