A day of instruction on the history of photography will be presented Tuesday at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area Education Center, 4345 S. County Road 275W, Vallonia.
Special emphasis will be given to the history of Indiana’s natural resources stewardship and the ways in which photography is used to gather information for science and culture.
These free workshops are presented as part of the Arts in the Parks grant program and in celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial.
Photographer Steve Polston will conduct the workshops. He is a former senior editor of Outdoor Indiana magazine. He has a master of fine arts degree in photography.
Children ages 8 and up can make cyanotype photograms (“sun prints”) at 11 a.m. The class size is limited to 10 people, and the deadline to sign up is 10 a.m. the day of the event. Clothing will become wet in this art project.
Youth from ages 13 to 16 can make pinhole film cameras at a pinhole photography workshop at noon. Pre-registration is required by 10 a.m. at the education center, and the number of students is limited to eight. Students will begin to build their pinhole camera, which can be finished at home.
Adult photographers age 16 and older are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. outside the education center for a landscape photography excursion. No transportation will be provided to the field location, and participants will drive in their own vehicles about 20 minutes away and travel up steep roads. Guidelines on modifying digital SLR cameras for pinhole photography will be discussed, along with individual instruction on camera function and photographic subjects that become relevant.