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"

zondag 5 augustus 2012

Fantastic gathering at Early Birds, Lelystad Holland

"The Hero's"

In the early days aero planes were flown by courageous men and woman.
Dressed in leather jackets and only protected by simple goggles and leather caps,
pioneers like Anthony Fokker and Louis Bleriot conquered the skies.
Their aircraft were skillfully made flying machines composed of wood, linen and steel wire.
Whilst flying, those ‘early birds’ wrote history and laid the foundation for modern aviation.
That is the soul I wanted to touch in my collodion photo called "HERO"

This was the last plate  i made yesterday. It came out just perfect.
Beautiful exposure and it contains amazingly details.
You should be able to see this plate in real.

27x27cm black glass ambrotype
Dallmeyr 5d at f32
exposuretime 2 secs
KCN fixer

Yesterday we, Peter van hal, Arjen Went, Ferry vd Vliet, Raewyn Dunn from new Zealand and me myself
had a wet plate gathering at Lelystad Airport.

Peter van Hal arranged that we were allowed to "shoot" some of the most beautiful historical planes i have ever seen.
Peter, many thanks. We had a great day.

These plains, owned by the 92 years old Jaap van Mesdag and
maintained by a crew of the best mechanics.
All of them are as pasionated by planes as we are by wet plate photography.

The owner, Jaap van Mesdag sitting on his beautiful Buick.
Picture made by ferry.

We had a beautiful day with loads of sun. But that sun was also the cause of many problems during the day.
At the beginning we suffered from fogged plates . It turned out that for me it was to much exposure
and Peter struggled with his silverbath.
My first plate showed a blue sky !! I have never seen that before and don't know the cause yet, but i really like the effect.

Me myself strugling to make a decent plate....
Made by Ferry.

 Our other model, Nico. One of the very passionated mechanics.
Made by Ferry.

 Peter van Hal at work.
Made by Ferry.

My friend and the model of the day : Ferry vd Vliet.
Made by me.

Beautiful plate made by Peter van Hal.
Made by Ferry.

 Made by Raewyn.

5 opmerkingen:

  1. Wauw wat mooi! Ik begrijp wat je hiermee bedoeld :)

  2. Were you able to wipe off the fog with a cotton ball?

  3. Hallo Indra,

    no, as it was no chemical problem.
    This was really caused by over exposure.
    My last plate came out perfect. Same chemicals, same warm weather


  4. Fantastische beelden. Daarnaast verbleekt elke digitale opname in deze reeks geheel en al...