Peter Murphy, SeaBright Productions, is a Nova Scotian independent filmmaker who has produced 10 nationally broadcast films on traditional Celtic Music and numerous short docs and videos on a variety of local subjects from his home on the shores of St. Georges Bay, near Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
- Back&White Photography
- I started out as a self taught B&W still photographer documenting rural life, developing and printing my photos and exhibiting in galleries across eastern Canada. This is an early image from Ireland, part of a series bought and exhibited by the National Film Board of Canada in Ottawa.
- Historical Photography
- Independent research into historical photographic processes in Rochester, New York, resulted in the creation of the only authentic 1860’s wet plate collodian Tintype studio in Canada- and only the second in North America- in the historic recreated village of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia
While in Rochester I fell in love with this very early photo-process and learned how to use it to create contemporary images. PHOTOGRAVURE is an intaglio printmaking and photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is grained (adding a pattern to the plate) and then coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio plate that can reproduce the detailed continuous tones of a photograph, but with the richness of rag paper and coloured oil based inks.
- INDEPENDENT FILMS
- Eventually I got into moving pictures/video, first producing locally commissioned projects and then creating a series of independent documentaries both for TV and VHS and DVD on Celtic music and culture .
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