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
"You don't take a picture, it's given to you"
dinsdag 26 juni 2012
maandag 25 juni 2012
woensdag 13 juni 2012
Luther Gerlach, Peter van Hal, Went&Navarro, Tashena Burroughs and myself will give life demonstrations of the beautiful collodion process.
I just received samples from this firm. It turned out not to be a lackered material but anodised. So it is not the same as The Throphy aluminium from US. That doesn't mean it can't be used. I have used it before without any problems. Only point is that the black is a little deeper with the material from the states. Sorry for all this. I will keep on searching. Alex
I recently found a new source for the black aluminium.
This because Puttens ran out of stock and it will take a few months before they have new material. This company is from the UK.
OK, here we go. Prices for the black trophy aluminium :
13 x 18cm £1.10 each € 1,37
18 x 24 cm £1.68 each € 2,09
61 x 61 cm £12,50 each € 15,55
4 x 5” £0.62 each € 0,77
5 x 7” £1.11 each € 1,38
8 x 10” £2,00 each € 2,49
The company name is : www.engravamet.co.uk
Contact person : Gemma Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org
She has been very helpful !!
Note, the above prices are without shipping costs and VAT, but they ship without VAT abroad she told me.
Now, don't shoot the messager.
I haven't tested this material yet, but it looks like it's from the same US source.
I have no relationship with this company. Just want to share this info !!
dinsdag 12 juni 2012
Nigel from Hongkong has send me a picture which was published in The telegraph recently.
It shows some people posing for a picture. Nigel pointed me at the headstand they were using. Although it is not the exacty the same one as i found at Bievres it comes very close regarding the design.
Nigel, many thanks for sending me this picture !
If anyone has more info about my stand, please let me know.
From the beginning on i have been using a homemade head brace.
It was made from several parts as a cast iron table leg, microphone stand etc.
Last weekend i visited the largest open air Photographic fair at Bievres. Beside some other interesting things i was lucky to find an original head brace!
They are extremely hard to find as they have been used only for a short period (daguerreotype and ambrotype).
Most parts are made of cast iron. I will have to do a search about its original colour as now it has an ugly fade yellow, greenish colour.
Any one has suggestions about its original colour? You can turn it in several directions and even change it to stand height!
I have not been able to find a manufacturers name yet.
Can you imagine how many posers have been using this brace more than 150 years ago?
maandag 11 juni 2012
dinsdag 5 juni 2012
Next Sunday, June 10th, opening of my personal collodion exhibition at :
Art Gallery Hans Persoon
Saturday June 9th and on Sunday 10th.
Art Gallery Hans Persoon