Lonsdale artist, Osheen Harruthoonyan has been asked by Applied Arts online to blog about his experiences leading up to his exhibition, Nocturna Artificialia, for the Contact Photography Festival.

Nocturnia Artificialia is being presented by Lonsdale Gallery in partnership with the 918 Bathurst Culture, Arts, Media and Education Centre and will run from May 1 -30, 2010. Artist reception Saturday, May 15 from 7-10 p.m.


Applied Arts: Osheen Harruthonyan

Published on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 by Osheen Harruthoonyan

For the month of May, the streets of Toronto will overflow with people attending the photography festival CONTACT. In the lead-up to the festival we’ll be featuring journal entries from a couple exhibiting groups, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their preparations. Once the festival itself takes places, a feature article will be written for the website, tying together the various groups plus the festival as a whole. This post is fromOsheen Harruthoonyan, a fine art and experimental photographer. Osheen will be exhibiting at 918 Bathurst.

Chemical Baths + Carnations

The Venue: Solo exhibit at 918 Bathurst presented by Lonsdale Gallery
The Mission: To create large tri-toned gelatin silver prints inspired by Dutch still life paintings of the 19th century and scientific microscope photography by using a large format camera alongside hand and chemical manipulation of negatives. I am interested in taking the medium of both painting and photography and merging them to create my final works, showing the very process of image making laid bare.

I spent the last week visiting the city’s florists, peacocks and zebras. I brought them (maybe not all of them) back to my apartment and spent 4 hours trying to keep them still for a photo shoot on top my print drawers in my living room. Armed with a 4×5 camera, Ilford FP4, two 75w light bulbs and two very curious cats I attempt to etch image onto film.

Round two!

My bathroom sink is covered in caustic chemistry, my negatives are taking an afternoon dip in a pool of my special formula 4000 and I have no ventilation. Ten minutes later I remove them from their leisurely bath and begin to gently massage their backs with dental tools and make up remover pads. A quick dry and its time to walk over to the darkroom, and make my first print!

This on is called ‘Drip.’

Sepia, Gold & Selenium split toned gelatin silver print.

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