I always have been fascinated by photography.
But with the introduction of the digital camera it all became too easy, too predictable …to me.
So I forced myself to go back to the roots of real analog photography.
Not just by making the photograph itself, but by controlling the entire photographic process.

This brought me back to the middle of the 19th century, to the amazing Collodion wet plate process.
And every single day I feel challenged to refine and improve myself.


For my website please visit : www.alextimmermans.com

Alex Timmermans
Holland


"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"

zaterdag 18 september 2010

"Grand opening" of the ADVANCE education centre

Recently a friend of mine had the grand opening of his new photographic education centre at Veldhoven ( near Eindhoven). http://www.advance-cvf.nl/

Lots of visitors were expected and i had promised him to give a demonstration wet plate photography.

Fortunately my darkroom tent arrived at Friday afternoon, so that’s what they call : “just in time”.
That tent just worked great. The only thing is that you can not open the zipper from the inside, so you always have to be with two persons. That will need some modification.

On Saterday there were a lot of people who were really interested in the wet plate process and i must say, it was really fun to give a demonstration.
For those kids it was real "magic"

A brief overview of that day.
The following pictures were made by Jan Theo Mellema and Henk Peters.
Many thanks !


 
Posing
 
 

 
Flowing the plate (love that smell)
 
 
 
 
 
What is he doing ? Some magic ???
 


 
 
Exposing the plate for 5 seconds
 
 
 
 
Just a few seconds after developing the plate ( in the tent)
 
 
 
 
Fixing the plate.


"life" fixing

 

 
 
The final result.....



 

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