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.
"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"
donderdag 30 september 2010
It took about one hour untill we were satisfied with the result.
from now on i will call him "The Thinker"
Lars, thanks for being so patient.
aprix 350 mm 5.6
exposuretime 5 sec.
zaterdag 18 september 2010
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 !
zondag 12 september 2010
Underneath you will find some pictures taken during that day. They were very interested in the whole process and had some very interesting discussions about photography. And not only about wetplate !
After we went through the theoretical part of the workshop and having lunch we started making pictures. That’s always the nicest part of the workshop.
I must say, it worked out surprisingly well. Although the whole process was new for both, soon they were moving around with the studio lights and the camera making better compositions.
Thanks guys for your interest in this process. It was a real pleasure working with you two.
Fokke flowing his plate on black glass.