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.


Alex Timmermans
Holland


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


maandag 27 februari 2012

Exhibition at foto-galerie Objektief Enschede

Loads of work to do (and already done a lot)
Coming Sunday the opening of my exhibtion at Galerie Objektief.

 It's a small photo gallery in the centre of Enschede. 
Walstraat 33
7511 GE Enschede
Opening will be coming March 4th 16:00 hours.
I will exhibit some original 18 x 24 plates, 18 x 24 fine art prints and some original 20 x 20" plates. So if you are interested seeing them, just come along!

maandag 20 februari 2012

Marc Lagrange

Today i had an appointment with Marc Lagrange and his very friendly assistant Kim.
A few weeks ago we got in contact with each other and Marc asked me if i was willing to show him the wet plate process.
Being a huge fan of his work saying yes is a bit of a understatement.....
So for me also it was an extremely interesting day. It's always nice to see and learn how other photographers use the light in a studio.

We made some new appointments so lets see what future may bring....

You really should visit his website : http://www.lagrange.be/
Also watch this movie of his recent exhibition which will be continued at beginning of March in Antwerp, Belgium !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1q0gRm4vDY
really a MUST see.






zondag 19 februari 2012

Gathering with Sweden and Italy.....

Yesterday i made some plates together with Maja Nylander from Sweden and Maria Pia Pagliaro from Italy.
Both very talented photographers with a totally different view on Photography which lead to interesting discussions.
It's just funn every time again sharing this proces with other passionated photographers.

A brief impression of yesterday.









"Maja" made by Maria


"Maria" made by Maja

zondag 12 februari 2012

20 x 20" portraits

Yesterday i finally had some spare time to make some 20x20" portraits.
It's all more, bigger, heavier. But, this is really great.
Making plates 1:1 is so much fun and looking at the plates it just looks like the sitters are still in my studio.
BTW, this time have been using Amaloco rapid fixer. As told before, the difference between KCN and rapidfixer is really marginal. The tone of these plates are fantastic.
Just have a look at the last picture. That tone is how it actually looks like.
Now i have to find a way taking good pictures if this plate to be able to print it.

A brief impression :
( thanks to my friend Ben who made the pictures)