Phytography on Film with Karel Doing [Online]

Saturday, June 27 at 11am
Optional follow-up session: Sunday, July 5 at 11am

A virtual, hands-on workshop co-sponsored by The Interbay Cinema Society Educational Initiative and Northwest Film Forum. This is a pilot workshop and is invitation only.

Sliding scale registration

Instructor: Karel Doing


Explore the rich possibilities of phytography with Oxford, UK-based inventor, theorist and professor Karel Doing!

The Interbay Cinema Society’s educational initiative and Northwest Film Forum are co-sponsoring a workshop with Karel on Saturday, June 27th at 11am, with an optional follow-up session on July 5th at 11am.

This workshop, the first of a series from the ICS Educational Initiative, can be joined by invitation only. If you have experience with making your own experimental films on celluloid film stock and are interested in attending, please reach out to Rana San (NWFF, and Caryn Cline (ICS,

This workshop will be offered on a sliding scale. It is free to join if you, like many of us in this difficult time, are finding yourself strapped for funds. If you can afford to pay something, please consider doing so!

After the workshop, once your frames have been developed, collect and send them to ICS for digitization in Seattle. If you need financial support for shipping costs, contact Caryn.

Required materials:

  • 16mm B&W raw stock, about 20 feet
  • ¼–½ cup of Vitamin C powder (yes, that is an Amazon link – but source locally if possible!)
  • ½ cup of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer is widely available through Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, and others – source locally if possible)
  • 1 cup of fix for B&W film
  • Plants! Look around your yard, neighborhood or local park, considering how small the 16mm frame is as you search. You can work frame by frame or opt for larger swaths of shape and texture. Some Pacific Northwest plants to consider: fern, moss, catmint, raspberry leaves, stinky bob, flowering currant leaves, bleeding heart leaves, native geranium leaves, thyme, oregano, veronica, hydrangea leaves, oxalis, honeysuckle, and/or violet. You are looking for interesting shapes, edging and veining, all of which will show up on film
  • A safe place to put your 16mm plant encrusted frames outside for a few minutes to a ½ hour of daylight

Other helpful materials:

  • 2 rubber trays or bins for soaking plants in “developer” solution and for fixing film (Note: the fixer tray should not be something you use for food. The developer tray can be an 8″ x 8″ baking dish; the fixer tray could be an old plastic ice chest)
  • A 1 liter (or larger) plastic pitcher for mixing “developer”
  • Rubber gloves
  • A long-handled spoon
  • A measuring spoon (1 tbsp.)
  • Scissors and/or clippers
  • A board to lay your film on (suggested: 4′ long x 6″ wide x 1″ deep)
  • A piece or pieces of glass or clear plastic to hold plants onto film while the image develops (This can be anything; glass baking dishes, old window glass, or clear plastic cutting boards)

Learn more about the theory behind Karel's work in this essay – Phytograms: Rebuilding Human–Plant Affiliations

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