Daguerreotypes

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The Daguerreotype has lived and grown in my imagination, it feels like a summit, a destination. The beguiling nature of the technique is shown excellently in the work of M Brady in the article by Monovisions. Excellent examples like these … Continued

Claremont street.

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I have been photographing a local Mill and surrounding area that is earmarked for re-development. After I had selected this site I spent some time thinking about how I would approach the subject, but found you can’t second guess this … Continued

Portable Dark Box III

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I have finally become mobile! The cloth is now fitted to the dark box and I have been able to make images plein air (outside) Here’s the setup on my latest project. The set up was for 10×8 tintypes, which … Continued

Silver Bath Leak……

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Ooops. I left the silver nitrate in the tank for quite a while and it leaked. I was down to about 300 ml of solution and quite a bit of discoloured crystalised nitrate in the bottom of the tray I … Continued

Portable Darkbox ii

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I trial fitted some curtain blackout material to the darkbox As you can see from the images it is only held in with Duct tape initially.   Attaching the curtain blackout material.  You can see the silverbox, dev and wash … Continued

Technique

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Wet plate collodion In a nutshell, wet plate is a very tactile and immediate process.  It’s “limitations”, limited sensitivity and speed of the emulsion actually give the resulting images a unique allure, which transform the subject whether still life or … Continued

Carbon Printing…

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I feel very privileged that I was able to visit David Chalmers last weekend and take part in his Carbon Printing workshop.  As you can see from the pictures David’s demonstration was really comprehensive.  Once I had a good feel … Continued

Tintypes from the Chelsea Fleamarket

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My recent trip to New York helped me understand the deep connection between the wet collodion process and American history and identity.  I visited an excellent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, Photography and The Civil War, which was composed entirely … Continued

Exposure experiment II

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The first two images demonstrate exposure, or at least over exposure very well.  The lighter of the images is actually overexposed, the shadows are beginning to get density and therefore the dark substrate is becoming obscured.  If you are used … Continued

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