Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wet-Plate Collodion

Magnolias 2011 - 8x10 Tintype

It seems like my photography is taking me further back into the past to the first photographic process from the mid. 1800s. Here’s one of my first collodion plates titled Magnolias. I think my exposure was around 3 minutes!

It’s a real fun process but can be dangerous since you’re dealing with ether, potassium cyanide and silver nitrate. A few years ago I took a workshop with Bill Schwab and Joe Smigiel to learn the correct way to handle and mix the chemicals that go into this process…thank you guys!

These plates are one-of-a-kind pieces no reproductions will be made.

Stay tuned for more uploads in the near future ;-)

1 comment:

cafe selavy said...

Wow! This is beautiful. I've done both ambrotypes and tin types and know how difficult it is. Your plate is lovely.