Lumen prints are a beautiful solution for those who want to
experience analogue photography techniques without the
need for chemistry or a darkroom.
To produce a lumen print, you need three key components;
photographic paper, water, and most importantly, sunshine
(though we’ve thrown in a few extras for the best results!).
Photographic paper is light sensitive, which is why people
usually work with it under a red safe light. We use a red or amber safe light in the darkroom because the colour filtration
stops any blue light reaching our paper and exposing it before
it’s ready. For a lumen print - we don’t need a darkroom, this
makes the process accessible and easy to do at home.
The magic of a lumen print happens when an object is placed
on the paper, blocking the sunlight from exposing areas where
the object is in contact with the sheet. This is when a silhouette
will start to form and, depending on the opacity of the overlaid
objects, you can achieve some really stunning results.
The thing we love most about lumen prints, is that without
the role of chemistry to fix the image in place, the tonality and
colour of your print will continue to change – essentially giving
you a live photograph. We advise that you keep it out of direct
sunlight and try documenting how the print changes for an
extra bit of fun!
Each Kit contains:
20 x Photographic Paper sheets
1x blackout envelope
1x Acetate Sheet
1x Board Backing
2 x bulldog clips
A selection of botanicals