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"

maandag 31 oktober 2011

Nice article at "Eager"

Recenty Hans and Douwe visited my studio because they wanted to know all about wet plate photography.
Douwe wrote a nice article which was published at Eager.
This time it's in Dutch AND in English !!

http://didyousayeager.com/magazine/nl/201110/article/eager/collodion Dutch version

http://didyousayeager.com/magazine/en/201110/article/eager/collodion English version

some pictures

Douwe made by Hans and me.

Hans made by Douwe and me.

zaterdag 22 oktober 2011

Gathering with Albert and Bart

Today we made some portraits during my workshop.
Albert is a photography shop owner ans also a collector of all kinds of photographic items and Bart is a student at the Fotovakschool at Venlo and he loves to works with alternative processes.

For the first time i have used a 420 mm 4.5 hermagis petzval.
I have bought it last year at the Houten fair but wasn't able to give it a try before.

I should have.... It turns out to be a great lens. great details and a beautifull DOF.
some plates we made during the day.


Clear glass Ambrotype
Hermagis 420mm 4.5 petzval
exposure time 6 secs
KCN fixer

Black glass Ambrotype
Hermagis 420mm 4.5 petzval
exposure time 6 secs
KCN fixer

Albert made by Bart
Black glass Ambrotype
Hermagis 420mm 4.5 petzval
exposure time 6 secs
KCN fixer

Albert made by Bart
Black glass Ambrotype
Hermagis 420mm 4.5 petzval
exposure time 7 secs
KCN fixer

donderdag 20 oktober 2011

Another publication

This magazine just fell on the door mat.
It contains lots of cultural information about Brabant, the provence i live in.
With the help of Joep Eijkens, correspondent of Brabant Cultureel, i have been published again with this beautifull photographic process !.
Sorry it's in Dutch...
Just click on one of the two pictures to see the larger versions

zaterdag 15 oktober 2011


Today i finally had some some to make a portrait of my friend Ben.

Clear glass ambro
26 x 26 cm
Non ether collodion
KCN Fixer
exposure time 7 secs
Dallmeyer 3b open

woensdag 12 oktober 2011

Large print from ambrotype

Made a new print today of a 18 x 23 cm plate. Print size is 80 x 50 cm
Originale plate is shown in the left corner. I am really impressed by the details.

maandag 10 oktober 2011

Vera and Alex

Recently two very enthusiastic photographers joined me at my studio to take theirs first steps into the wet plate world.
Alex told me that he really didn't knew what to expect from this proces and Vera already new some details about wet plate.
Vera also experimented with pinhole photography and she loves alternative photograpique processes. Just remember her name : Vera van Almen
http://www.veravanalmen.nl/  She's a talented photographer !

As soon as they flowed there own plates they were caught by the "collodion virus".
A many of you already have noticed before, it's a very agressive verus.
Alex is already searching for a wet plate camera...

A brief impression of that day.

zondag 9 oktober 2011

Cheapest plate rack ever !!

This is with no doubt the cheapest plate rack ever.
I have been using these for already a few years now and they are just great.
Able to support plates even up to 30 x30 cm (or more).
Ikea is selling them for .... € 3,49  !!! You can't even buy the wood for that money.

IKEA Magasin plate rack

dinsdag 4 oktober 2011

Demonstration at Photo 3.0

Last sunday we were invited to give a wet plate demonstration at the new Photo 3.0 event. Together with my friends Ben and Ad i had a great day !
If you want to know some more about that event, just have a look at this website :

A few very talented photographers were showing there works like Mike Roelofs, Kim Boske, Femke Schaap, Martijn Hesseling, Marjan teeuwen and many others
It was located at the temporary Art centre in Eindhoven.

I am always surprised how much stuff i have to bring, just to make one picture.
My car was fully loaded with camera, lights, chemicals, trays etc. etc.
But it's always a pleasure to give such a demonstration in front of very enthousiastic people. People who are interested in this beautifull kind of photography.

There's something else which surprises me. Many woman are very interested in wet plate photography. More than half of the listeners were female !
So it isn't a men's world anymore....

The pictures below were made bij Ad v/d Beemt and Theo Visser