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

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

dinsdag 31 mei 2011


Tonight a friend of mine, Ferry, visited my studio and we made some plates.
Ferry himself is a great photographer and currently he's working on a magnificent book about Paris.
He's also writing a very informative blog about Paris : http://paris-fvdv.blogspot.com/

Dallmeyer 3b open
exposure time 6 secs
KCN fixer
Black glass
Poorboy (alex) collodion mix

woensdag 18 mei 2011

Differences in silvernitrate

If you aren't buying almost 100% pure silver nitrate i can cause lot's of fogging problems.
This week i received a batch which made me doubt about the quality.
The crystals were much bigger as normal and the colour was off-white.
The good grade (at the right) is like very fine sugar and extremely white.
So i decided to do a test. I made a new silver bath and made some comparisons with my old silver bath.
As you can see on the first plate there is some fogging (after developing and fixing).
So fogging problems are not always caused by ether, alcohol or other ingedrients.
So don't try to save a little money on your ingedrients.

vrijdag 13 mei 2011

Gathering with Jos and Sander

Last week Jos and Sander visited my studio to make some wet plates.
Jos is the founder of the Fotografica Museum Zoetermeer.

Sander is a professional photographer. One of the few left who only works analogue !!
Although it was warm in my studio again we made some nice plates. They really enjoyed the process and they already started collecting things for making their own plates in the near future !

Just click on the underneath picture to see an animated GIF

"Jos" made by Sander

"Sander" made by Jos

zondag 8 mei 2011


Black glass Ambro
5 secs exposure
KCN Fixer
Alex Collodion mix
Dallmeyer 3B open