Collodian Wet Plates

These images represent a continuing experiment in the use of an early photographic process; Collodion Wetplate. The technique (1860 – 1890) entails coating a glass or tin plate in liquid emulsion, making an exposure, and developing the plate before it dries out. With a low sensitivity to light the process requires long exposures, or powerful flash.

The process often yields unpredictable results but the physical image, handcrafted with chemistry and light, is rewarding for both photographer and subject, and is one that I have used in my work, both with Lens Lab Project, and in my own freelance practice.

It is a continuous journey…